1 Kings 12:6-11 (NLT)
6 Then King Rehoboam discussed the matter with the older men who had counseled his father, Solomon. “What is your advice?” he asked. “How should I answer these people?”
7 The older counselors replied, “If you are willing to be a servant to these people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.” 8 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. 9 “What is your advice?” he asked them. “How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?” 10 The young men replied, “This is what you should tell those complainers who want a lighter burden: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist! 11 Yes, my father laid heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!’”
Rehoboam was the son of the wisest man who ever lived, yet he did not have the wisdom of his father King Solomon. The people requested their burdens be eased. Rehoboam first listened to the advice of his fathers counselors. These older men had wisdom and advised he should go easy on the people. Yet Rehoboam rejected their advise and went with the advice or his friends, whose interest was on themselves instead of others.
1 King 12:6-11 presents an easy lesson, choose your advisors carefully. There are plenty of people who are willing to give you free advice. You can mention a problem standing in line somewhere and someone will speak up with their solution to your problem. They have good intentions, but often they don’t know the entire scope of your plight. Also there are those who give ungodly advice because they lack a relationship with God. So be warned to take care in seeking advice that may impact your life. As Job said, “true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.” Look to God first and then choose those who are also looking to Him for answers. Pray God would lead you in correct decisions. Pray for His counsel and understanding. Ask He would bring those to you who are wise and knowledgeable.