Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 2nd, 2019
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”
1 Kings 12:8-9 (NIV)
Heeding Bad Advice
The Canadian government provides some good advice for Canadians traveling outside of Canada through their Travel Smart app and Travel Advice and Advisories page online. The information includes local safety and security conditions and areas to avoid, entry and exit requirements, local laws and culture, possible health hazards and health restrictions, natural hazards and climate, and where to find help while you are travelling abroad. The government suggests that “No matter where you plan to travel, make sure you check the Travel Advice and Advisories page for your destination twice: once when you are planning your trip, and again shortly before you leave.
Not all advice is good advice. Sometimes a person’s counsel can make things worse. Far worse. Such is the case with some advice that King Rehoboam heeded in the early days of his reign. Following the death of his father Solomon, Rehoboam became king of a united kingdom. But the ten northern tribes that were known as Israel, rebelled against Rehoboam. They accused Solomon of making their life miserable and asked Rehoboam to make their lives easier. Wisely, Rehoboam consulted his elders, who counseled him to ease the burden on these tribes. To do so would win them over. That was good counsel from men who had life experience. But 1 Kings 12:8-9 says, “But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?” His young friends told Rehoboam to make their lives worse. He did so and the kingdom split in two.
These have been words from the heart.