And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men (2 Chr. 10:13 KJV)
King Rehoboam was the son of King Solomon who took over the kingdom of Israel. He began his reign with an error that he could never recover from. After the Death of Solomon, the Israelites came to young King Rehoboam and requested to have him reduce the heavy burden that King Solomon had laid on them.
Rehoboam did the right thing initially. He called for the elders who sat before His father and asked for their counsel. The elders advised him to speak peaceably to the people and cooperate with them. However, he also called for his friends who had grown up with him and asked for their counsel. Of course, the young men led him astray. They told me to speak harshly to the people and not listen to their request. 2 Chronicles 10:13 above says he followed the counsel of the young men. The result? Ten of the 12 tribes of Israel rebelled against His rule and were no longer part of his Kingdom.
King Rehoboam them went ahead and did what we all sometimes try to do today except in a different manner. He rallied the entire army of his kingdom to use force and bring back the whole kingdom under him ( 2 Chro. 11:1). However, God stopped his plans. You see, he failed in wisdom, making bad choices in his life, and wanted to use power to correct his foolishness. We have sometimes made bad choices in life and when we get into trouble, we seek power to fix our lack of wisdom. God’s wisdom is a higher virtue than His power. Get godly wisdom. Hear and obey His Word and it shall be well with your soul.
Where is God’s wisdom found? ( 1 Cor. 1:30, Prov. 2:6, Luke 11:49).
APPLY THE WORD
The Word is your counselor ( Ps. 119:24). Pay attention to its counsels and instructions in life. We CANNOT live contrary to God’s Word and expect that it shall be WELL with us. Be attention to DO His Word, in big or small things and save yourself from unnecessary suffering in your life.
Thank the Lord for the wisdom in His Word to guide your life.