Take WISE COUNSEL to make the RIGHT DECISIONS: Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, saying, "How do you advise me to answer these people?" And they spoke to him, saying, "If you are kind to these people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever." But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him. (2 Chron 10:6-8)
Rehoboam became the king of Israel after the death of his father Solomon. We know that Solomon had corrupted his wisdom towards the later part of his life. Unlike his father David, Solomon did not make any attempts to teach or train his son in righteousness or the ways of God. So, when King Rehoboam became the king of Israel, he did not have any relationship with the God of Israel nor Shemaiah the man of God (2 Chron 11:2). That is the reason why King Rehoboam turned to both the elders (his father’s advisers) and the young men (his peers) in order to make an appropriate decision.
Unfortunately, Rehoboam rejected the good counsel of his father’s advisers and consulted his peers, who told him he should not give an inch and in fact should increase the pressure on the people (2 Chron 10:6–11). Foolishly Rehoboam agreed and thus forfeited the Northern Kingdom (2 Chron 10:12–14, 16). We should however note that the young king’s stupidity was itself playing into the will of God, who had already decreed that the kingdom would split up after Solomon (2 Chron 10:15; 11:4; 1 Kings 11:29–39). Rehoboam’s last-ditch efforts at reconciliation failed, and the united kingdom of Israel was torn into two parts (2 Chron. 10:19). The grandeur and glory of the days of King David and Solomon would never return back to Israel…!!!
This incident teaches us the importance of taking wise counsel to make the right decisions in life. We can’t always make right decisions but with God’s help and godly counsel we can always make decisions right. The word of God has much to say about heeding to wise counsel:
- A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel (Prov 1:5)
- Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. (Prov 9:9)
- Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Prov 11:14)
- The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise. (Prov 12:15)
- Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established. (Prov 15:22)
- Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. (Prov 19:20)
Let us be careful to seek God and wise godly counselors when it comes time to take major decisions in life. Let us learn from the story of Rehoboam and be wise in not repeating his mistake in our lives!