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March 16, 2020

Who Are Your Advisors?

“He rejected the advice the elders had given him and spoke to them according to the young men’s advice.” (1 Kings 12:13-14)

In 1 Kings, we read of the split of Israel’s kingdom after King Solomon’s death. One of the resulting kingdoms was Judah and its king was Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. The people approached the new king asking him to lighten the burden under which his father had placed them. So, Rehoboam faced a significant decision. He asked the elderly, experienced men, left over from his father’s successful reign, how he should respond to the people’s request. They told him to speak kindly to the people and grant them their wish. But then Rehoboam also sought advice from his buddies with whom he had grown up. They advised him to harshly reject the people’s wishes and let them know he will rule even more heavy-handedly than his father. Rehoboam chose the advice of his buddies. In the years that followed, his kingdom and his rule suffered the consequences.

Give Rehoboam credit for seeking advice. Proverbs 15:22 states, “Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Many of us just go it alone thinking we can figure out the next step independently. But God created us to be interdependent, not lone wolves. We should not take advise from just anyone.

At times, we all need wise insight from experienced, godly people (Proverbs 25:12; 11:14; 24:6). Then we need to be open to their advice and not be like Rehoboam. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:3 that some people only listen to what they want to hear. Always keep an open mind when it comes to seeking the truth.

Question: When you are faced with major decisions, who do you reach out to for advice?

Challenge: When faced with a decision, ask the right people, then listen and heed their advice.

Prayer: Lord, whenever I am faced with a decision, help me remember to stop and ask godly men or women for their advice. May You guide me through their words.

Chris Hail, Chapel Leader -- Jackson Generals

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