The king (Rhehoboam) answered the people harshly.
Rejecting the advice given him by the elders,
he followed the advice of the young men …
1 KINGS 12:13-14
Most everyone loves to give advice – just ask a new mother, a recent widow or someone battling a serious illness. They’ve heard it all. But how can you separate good advice from not-so-good advice?
First and foremost, the counsel you receive must line up with Scripture. Second, you must carefully consider your sources. Are they trustworthy individuals? Do they live a life that reflects good judgment? Might they be cloaking a hidden agenda of some sort? Third, pray before acting on anyone’s advice.
Ask God to give you peace and confirmation about your decision. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 19:20, “listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” But he also wrote Proverbs 12:5: “The advice of the wicked is deceitful.”
Too late, Rehoboam learned about the peril of following bad counsel … and he lost a kingdom.
Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord,
but wise men and women listen to each other’s counsel.
PROVERBS 12:10 (THE MESSAGE)
On the journey with you,