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We all need the advice of others at one time or another simply because none of us knows everything. When I was a supervisor in the workforce, I learned to appreciate the value of tapping knowledgeable resources; people who were more informed about a subject than I was.
Ironically, I worked at an engineering firm, and it seemed to me that the secretary or administrative person was always the most knowledgeable person in the office.
An incident recorded in 1 Kings, chapter 12 underscores the importance of following good advice. Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, succeeded his father as king of Israel. But Rehoboam didn’t have a clue as to how to be a king. He could not consult with his father because he was dead.
Rehoboam sought advice from two groups on how he should lead. The first group was comprised of “old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived” (1 Kings 12:6). These old men gave Rehoboam advice based on their many years of experience of having been in the presence of a king.
Then Rehoboam “consulted with the young men that were grown up with him” (verse 8). These young men didn’t have a clue about the subject at hand. They ill-advised him to be more burdensome to the people than his father Solomon had been.
In the end, Rehoboam chose to forsake the counsel of the old men (verse 13) and embrace the advice of the young men that were grown up with him.
Let’s talk about why it’s important that we obtain and follow good advice for our decision-making. It’s because our decisions have consequences. You and I are free to be as reckless as we want to be in our decision-making, but with those decisions come consequences. Rehoboam made his decision based on bad advice.
When the people of Israel came to him to hear his decision on how he proposed to lead them as their king, they were displeased. Consequently, all of Israel walked away from Rehoboam except the house of Judah (verses 16-17).
The sad conclusion is that Rehoboam had a golden opportunity to reign over the greatest nation in the world but because of his failure to follow good advice he ended up with only one tribe!
Note that Rehoboam’s problem was not that he did not obtain good advice but that he failed to follow the good advice he received.
So, as I read this incident about Rehoboam, here is what I thought about: As the people of God, our ultimate source for good advice is found in the Word of God. What a priceless treasure we have for obtaining and following good advice for our decision-making! The Word of God is our ultimate guide for realizing the best life we can have.
But we must not be hearers of the Word only and not doers of the same. The Word of God will help us only to the extent that we are willing to follow the incomparably wise counsel of our Lord found in His Word.
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