But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers. – 2 Chronicles 10:8
Solomon died. His son, Rehoboam, took over the nation’s rule and starting seeing rebellion brewing among the people. The people demanded for political reform in that the heavy burden of over taxation and shorter work week. He wouldn’t listen to the people, but he consulted his father’s advisers. They told him to listen to the people and meet their demands, and the people would follow him forever. His close buddies told him to not listen to them and make it even harder on the people, so he did. The people revolted and split the nation in two kingdoms: Judah and Israel, which was God’s doing for Solomon turning away from God’s ways to serve other gods.
We all need godly counsel in our lives, for no one is above reproach nor so high and mighty that they don’t need instruction. We have all come short of God’s standard and thus are in need of a Savior. God also puts people of wisdom in our lives to help guide us and teach us his ways. In this life we try to teach the next generation to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them, but as is the case most often, the younger folks think they know it all and do it their way rather than heed the sage advice of experience and wisdom. It doesn’t matter how old a person is, there is always someone older, wiser than that one. Learn to trust in the wisdom of godly people who lived out their lives in submission and obedience to God. It will do you a world of wonder!
Father, thank you for placing people of godly wisdom in my life. I have to admit that there have been times when I didn’t heed the word you sent me via those sages. However, I have learned over time to not refuse the advice and wisdom given to me by those who been there and done that. Their is wisdom in learning from others’ mistakes and not repeating them. Again, thank you for the wise people you’ve given to me as leaders and advisers. I am grateful for their input. In Jesus’ name, Amen.