In my lifetime I’ve asked for advice and also given advice, but lately I have been learning more about godly and wise advice. I take responsibility that I’ve steered people and have allowed myself to be steered in the wrong direction…which brings me to the question: How exactly do you know that your giving/receiving wise, godly advice?
Then King Rehobaom 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?” -1 Kings 12:6
King Rehoboam is asking the “older men” that “counseled Solomon” meaning they helped advise his own father (who did quite well in all his affairs!). The advice of the elders was wise and came from experience and watching Solomon lead with God.
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. -1 Kings 12:8
King Rehoboam’s decision to casually disregard the elders advice is relatable to most of us. For example, not listening to our parents or even an elderly person because we think because of their age difference, or the world we live in today, they couldn’t possibly have any idea on how to help. As a result, just like King Rehoboam, we choose to listen to advice from our peers – who are often young and quite ignorant themselves. As we’ll learn in Chapter 12, that doesn’t always end well.
Wise, godly counsel should be centered around God’s word and lead to positive answers. Does the advice you’re giving and getting consistent with God’s standard?