Posted by: Toni Sprandel | February 28, 2013

Good Advice

Have you ever needed advice?  I know I have.  So where do we go for our advice?  To our friends, parents/elders, those we respect, a pastor or the Bible?  They are all good choices.  The most important question might be, what kind of advice will I get from that source?

King Rehoboam needed advice and sought it out.  In I Kings chapter 12, we learn that after King Solomon’s death, all Israel had come to Shechem to make his son Rehoboam, king.  In verse 3 it says “…and all the assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam…”.  The people had a request for the new king.  Verse 4 says: “Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.”  The people of Israel were asking the king to lighten their load and then offered to serve the king willingly.  To me, I think it sounds like a pretty fair request.

King Rehoboam asked the people to go away for 3 days and then to return.  And the people did.The king consulted with the elders who had served with his father.  These men were older, wiser and more experienced and gave the king good advice.  But King Rehoboam “forsook the counsel of the elders” and consulted with his friends.  The advice his friends had given the king was not wise.  When the people returned in three days, King Rehoboam followed the advice of his friends and did not do as the people had requested.  In fact, he made their situation worse by increasing their work and the burden on them.

What happened next was a sad time in Israel’s history.  The people revolted and the nation of Israel was ripped apart.  The ten Northern tribes broke away, and the two remaining tribes formed the nation of Judah.  All of this occurring because of unwise advice,  King Rehoboam didn’t carefully evaluate what he was told.

To evaluate advice, first ask if it is realistic, workable and consistent with Biblical values.  Then determine if the results of following this advice will be fair, make improvements and give a positive solution/direction.  The key to getting great advice is to seek counsel from those who are more experienced and wiser.  Advice is helpful only if it is consistent with God’s standards. (Footnote from NASB Life Application Study Bible 12:6-14)

Proverbs 13:20 says: “He who walks with the wise grows wise…”  Now that’s some good advice!

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