The Right Advice
For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.
– Prov. 11:14
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
– Prov. 19:20
Who are you listening to these days? God? Or man?
When we are struggling, we tend to gravitate toward anyone who will make us feel better. That’s normal. It is during these times when we search tirelessly for answers that may or may not exist. We are in a weakened state, and at this point we do not necessarily see things for the way they are.
Simply stated, this is when we tend to ask the wrong people for advice.
Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, made a fundamental mistake approximately 3,000 years ago. Shortly after he became King of Israel, he had a difficult decision to make regarding the treatment of his assembly. He consulted the elders who served his father. Then he consulted his friends who were serving him. The elders offered one solution, while his younger “advisors” gave a completely different answer.
Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders, opting to listen to his buddies. To put it mildly, this was a mistake. The result of listening to the wrong advice literally divided the Kingdom. Rehoboam ruled the southern kingdom of Judah, while a man named Jeroboam was named king of Israel in the north.
Because Rehoboam refused to listen to the right advice, Israel will never have a king sit on a united throne until the Messiah comes. Think about that.
It is critical to surround yourself with supportive people. People who will tell you not what you want to hear, rather what you need to hear. Do you want to know who your true friends are? Find the one who calls you out on your sinful behavior. The one who lets you know that what you just said does not represent a biblical worldview. The one who isn’t afraid to make you look in the mirror and re-think some things.
So pick up a Bible today…and follow the only advice that matters.
In His Name,