The decisions we make effect the direction our life takes. God always has our backs but God also blesses wisdom and maturity. A wise person seeks the counsel of others and I want to just emphasize the importance of taking advice from those older than us.
1 Kings 12 really spoke to me this week about the importance of older
people in my life and the wisdom they have to offer. We read in the
chapter that Rehoboam the new King of Israel rejects the advice of his
3So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and the whole assembly of Israel went
to Rehoboam and said to him: 4“Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but
now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will
5Rehoboam answered, “Go away for three days and then come back to me.” So the people went away.
6Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father
Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these
people?” he asked.
7They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve
them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your
8But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the
young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.
Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older counselors which led to the
division of the nation of Israel. Our decisions don't make an impact on
such a big scale but I can't emphasize enough the importance of advice
from older generations. Our parents have been around a lot longer than
we have and know a lot more than us (even though we oftentimes think we
know more.) I've faced many decisions in my life when I've sought the
advice of my parents and other older friends. Oftentimes they confirmed
and encouraged the decisions I was making but sometimes they gave me a
word of caution or showed me a perspective I hadn't already thought
I cannot emphasize the importance that input from other people has in my
life. Sometimes we are blind to certain things but another person can
see what we haven't seen. Those older than us have probably been through
whatever it is you're going through right now and they've come out the
other side. Seek out wise counsel and let it impact your life.
Written by Philip Day