“Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, and he said, 'How do you advise me to answer these people?' And they spoke to him, saying, 'If you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then 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...So the king did not listen to the people...” 1 Kings 12:6-8, 15
We do not know the reasoning behind King Rehoboam's decision to not follow the advice of his elders, but we do know what the outcome was when he followed the advice of his young and foolish friends – he lost most of the territory he was to reign over while he was king. As I think about the lesson in this text, I am struck by the lack of honor Rehoboam gives to the older men, who through their careers as advisers to his father Solomon, had given strong and godly advice which led the nation of Israel into much prosperity. But, clear thinking from Rehomoam was not driving his decision in whom he listed to that day. No, instead it was his lust for power and his desire to control that led him to his demise.
When our sinful nature is allowed to take over and our lusts control our actions over our willingness to submit to the counsel of wisdom it is a sure sign that destruction of some type is just around the corner. Not only is a king subject to this type of falling away from a life on the straight and narrow path which honors God's wisdom above the wisdom of man, we all are only a single step away when our eyes are taken off the Giver of wisdom and our hearts yearn for something we want to see fabricated to fulfill our selfishness.
Today the path is before each of us. The wisdom of God is ready for us to hear. Are we going to choose to listen to it and follow it? Or, are we going to look for other advice that appeases the desires of our own hearts? The choice is simple, but not always as easy to follow up with. I am praying today for God to guard my heart and shield my eyes from looking for wisdom that will make me stray from His righteous wisdom. To honor God means to listen to Him and then do what He has told you to do, otherwise whatever else you chose to follow is instead the god you have set up to honor in your heart.