Learn To Understand What Counsel Best Suits You
(Passage: 1 Kings 12)
Give your heart to good counsel, and you shall live! Children of God should learn an important lesson of seeking good counseling using Rehoboam’s life as a case study. Rehoboam had the opportunity to continue his father dynasty and enjoy similar benefits his father enjoyed, but the man misused his opportunity. His failure caused him to lose almost everything his father worked hard to acquire.
Rehoboam, Solomon’s successor, had the opportunity to solidify his rulership as the king of Israel kingdom, but unfortunately, he followed the unwise counsel that his friend gave him. The failure caused him to lose more than half of the massive kingdom that he inherited from his father.
Rehoboam suffered a terrible setback for his bad choices. The man was initially counseled by the elders of his land to apply wisdom and evaluate his choice of words when people tested his integrity.
Rehoboam rejected the wise counsels his elders offered and settled for the foolish advice he received from his friend. He was misled! The kingdom that his grandfather (David) and his father (Solomon) passed down was split into two.
The scripture 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