Read 2 Chronicles 10:1 through 13:22
When two tourists were lost in the back roads of Ireland, they asked an elderly farmer for directions. “If I was going there, I wouldn’t start from here,” he responded.
Whom we ask for advice is as important as knowing the way ahead. When Rehoboam became king, he sought advice about how to respond to Jeroboam’s request to remove the heavy burdens placed on some people.
Rehoboam answered, “Come back to me in three days” (2 Chronicles 10:5).
Rehoboam’s elders counseled him to reduce burdens. However, he accepted the advice of younger friends who encouraged him to increase the people’s burden. This resulted in the division of the kingdom and Rehoboam’s abandonment of God’s Law.
Following bad advice can lead to disaster. Like Rehoboam, we may be tempted to listen only to peers for direction. Instead we need to first turn to God and His Holy Spirit for discernment. Then seek godly advice and prayer from those with experience and wisdom.
Prayer Suggestion: Holy Spirit, give me the gifts of wisdom and discernment to make good decisions.
Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 10:2–15
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