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Listening To The Right People


"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'" (I Ki.12:13-14).

Near the end of Solomon's reign, things were getting out of hand. Upon his death, his son Rehoboam took over. The people represented by Jeroboam came to him and asked him to ease up on them. This is where today's title comes into play. Rehoboam's trusted elders advised him to ease the burden on the people, but the younger men with whom he had grown up advised the opposite. They advised him not to ease their burden, but increase it. He listened to them and this led to the rebellion of the Northern Tribes and a divided kingdom. The reasoning of the young men was that if he gave into the people's first demand, there would be no end to their demands. There is much wisdom in seeking advice when making decisions. There is even greater wisdom in knowing who's advice to take. In early chapters of Proverbs, Solomon counseled young men to heed counseling, especially from their fathers and mothers. "Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end, you will be wise" (Prov.19:20). Listening to those with experience is a valuable learning tool. Listening to the counsel of those with experience that love you, is even wiser. Wisdom is more than having all the answers...Much of wisdom is about having the discretion to sort through many voices. A wise man is able to recognize wisdom when he sees it and act accordingly. Rehoboam simply heeded the counsel of the wrong people. Division and disarray was the result. This would be a good lesson to learn as we make important decisions in life....

Have a great day....Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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