Be Careful Who You Take Counsel From, Pastor Phil Sessa

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1Kings 12:6-16, “ Then 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. 7 They 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 servants.” 8 But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. 9 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’?” 10 The young men who had grown up with him replied, “Tell these people who have said to you, `Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter’–tell them, `My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. 11 My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’ ” 12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, “Come back to me in three days.” 13 The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, 14 he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.” 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the LORD, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite. 16 When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: “What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse’s son? To your tents, O Israel! Look after your own house, O David!” So the Israelites went home.”

Who do you seek advice from? It’s interesting to note that Rehoboam went to two groups of people for advice, the elders (older men) and the young men (his contemporaries). The elders told him what he needed to hear, while the young men told him what he wanted to hear. The elders told him to grant the request of Israel, while the young men told him to lay the heavy yoke on Israel, over and above what Solomon laid upon them. Even though ultimately this was the Sovereign will of God, just like Judas the betrayer, we should be careful who we take counsel from. Each of us needs advice at times, but who do you turn to? I often advise teens not to go to other teens to help them with their problems for the most part, because their friends are going through the same things, but rather to those that are older who have gone through many of the issues that they face, just with “different clothing” if you will. So I ask who is your “advisory committee”? Do you have people close to you that can provide godly counsel to you? I have often heard it said you should always have a Paul who builds into you (an inlet), a Timothy that you are building into (an outlet), and a Barnabas to encourage you along the way. Do you have these three kinds of people in your life? The wisdom you are given from your Paul, will be passed on to your Timothy and encouraged by your Barnabas.

Application: Do you have faithful “counselors?” Are you hearing from those who tell you what you want to hear or what you need to hear? Who is your Paul, Timothy, and Barnabas? Blessings, Pastor Phil

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