The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7 ESV
When Rehoboam, son of Solomon, became king of Israel, the people gathered before him to find out what kind of ruler he was going to be. They had been heavily taxed under Solomon’s regime and after 40 years (1 Kings 11:42), the people had had enough.
They went to King Rehoboam and asked for lighter taxation (1 Kings 12:4). The king asked the people to give him three days. During that time, he sought the advice of the elders: men who had served his father Solomon.
The advice they gave was sound, ease up on the taxes and the people would serve him (1 Kings 12:7). But the young king didn’t like this response. He went to his peers for advice. They wanted him to paint himself as a stricter king than Solomon and so that’s what he did.
In this case, we know that God had wanted the kingdom to be taken from the house of David because of Solomon’s idolatry. But the lesson for us remains: we need to choose our advisors wisely.
1 Kings 12 offers us a second example of the importance of choosing the right advisors. King Jeroboam also sought counsel from ungodly men.
After Rehoboam’s response, the people of Israel rebelled against him. Only the people living in Judah remained faithful to him (1 Kings 12:26-17). The remaining tribes sent for Jeroboam and made him king of Israel.
Jeroboam had been told by the Lord’s prophet that the nation would be split and that he would become king of the greater portion. Once he became king, fear set in. He believed that if he allowed the people to go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord, they’d defect to Rehoboam’s regime.
Instead of trusting in the Lord’s servant, Jeroboam sought advice. His advisors told him to build two golden calves (1 Kings 12:28). Jeroboam set up a pagan worship system that caused the people to sin against the true God (1 Kings 12:30).
Proverbs 11:14 tells us that, Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety (KJV). The Bible encourages us to seek godly counsel, men and women who serve the Lord and know what He expects.
Do you have wise advisors?
A wise advisor is someone who prays with you and encourages you to seek God’s will in prayer. A godly advisor gives you counsel that aligns with what the Bible teaches and with your identity in Christ.
A wise counselor would never ask you to do something that would displease God. Wise counselors encourage you to be obedient to God.
So I ask again, my friend, do you have wise advisors? If you don’t have anyone you can trust to give you godly advice, ask God to send you some godly people who would serve as wise counselors. That’s a prayer He’d love to answer on your behalf.
Father, I thank You for not expecting me to do everything on my own. I thank You for the godly counselors You have sent to be in my life both present and future. I ask that You will give me discernment to recognize when the advice I receive does not align with Your Word and Your will. Help me to have the courage to refuse the advice if it doesn’t. In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen.
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