“But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.” (2 Chronicles 10:8, ESV)
We like to ask people for advice. In fact, we love it. Taking their advice, well, that’s another story. Proverbs is full of warnings and direction, encouraging us to have many counselors. Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11:14).
But, because we want things our way, we tend to surround ourselves with like-minded people and run from anyone who may give us instructions that we don’t want to hear. This gets us needlessly into some serious trouble. How foolish we can be.
God knew our hearts and our egos, so He placed instructions and warnings throughout his Word to caution us of the dangers of being a runaway renegade. King Rehoboam rejected the counsel of the old men, accepting the more appealing words from his peers. In the end of his life, it’s recorded that he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.
So, what about us? Where do we seek our counsel? Most of us turn to social media first. We take quick polls asking what we should do or perhaps put out a prayer request (once replies float in, we fish through the responses till we find the one that lines up with what we want to hear). And, the reality is, there aren’t a lot of geriatrics who surf Facebook and Twitter so we are truly only seeking advice from those our own age.
We need to be wise; to reach out and establish relationships with elders who will speak truth into our lives—whether we want to hear it or not. And if their counsel is Biblically sound, learn to humble ourselves and take their advice. Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future (Proverbs 19:20).