King Rehoboam listened to his peers; he followed their wrong counsel and lost the massive part of a kingdom that he inherited from his father. Rehoboam had the choice to follow the mature counsels of the elders but chose to emulate his fellow youths and follow their counsels. The man failed! The Bible reported,
“And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him king…Then Jeroboam and the whole assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, “Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.” So he said to them, “Depart for three days, then come back to me.” And the people departed. Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, and he said, “How do you advise me to answer these people?” And they spoke to him, saying, “If you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him. And he said to them, “What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who have spoken to me…
…Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you should speak to this people who have spoken to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us’—thus you shall say to them: ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist! And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!’” So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had directed, saying… Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected the advice which the elders had given him; and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!” … Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: “What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Now, see to your own house, O David!” So Israel departed to their tents. But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah” (1 Kings 12:1-17).
Christians must be careful to prayerfully consider any counsel that we receive from the people. We must be careful not to follow the wrong advice and be misled. A Christian should not follow any advice blindly; we must properly evaluate any information that we receive. It is also important that we prayerfully consider our choices before we implement them.
Believers must understand that not all counsels come from a right motive. Some counsels come from a selfish motive, which would derail the recipient.
It is important to note that a child of God should not seek advice from an unbeliever to avoid falling into a pitfall. Instead, a Christian should seek godly counsels from his or her fellow Christians! A Christian should also pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit to be properly guided at all times.
The Holy Spirit will guide believers into all godliness. He will also empower us to make the appropriate decisions that will benefit us and honor God.
Dear God, please guide my steps to not seek counsel from ungodly people. Baptize me with the Holy Spirit so that I can be properly instructed and be empowered to follow your laws. Please let the Holy Spirit counsel, comfort, and empower me into engaging in activities that will benefit me and glorify your Holy name! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.
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