Monday, May 6, 2013

Who Are You Talking To?

1 Kings 12:13-14 NLT But Rehoboam spoke harshly to the people, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors 14 and followed the counsel of his younger advisers. He told the people, “My father laid heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!” (Read the entire chapter when you have time)

Take a moment and consider who you turn to for advice.  You may have different people in your life whom you talk about certain things with.  For example, if you need financial advice, you would probably talk to someone who has some type of financial background or who does really well managing their own finances.  If you need marital advice, you would most likely talk to someone who has experience in that area as well.  You wouldn't ask a friend who has never been married to give you marital advice (at least I hope not).  If you need parenting advice, you would probably talk to someone with experience in parenting, etc.

The commonality regarding the examples that I listed above is this: experience!  It is only wise to take advice from a person who has experience with what you're dealing with or has some type of expertise in the area.

Let's take a look at today's key scriptures.  King Rehoboam took the advice of his younger advisers--those he grew up with--who had just as much as experience as he did. Although what happened was part of God's plan to tear the kingdom away from him, the lesson here is very important. We must be careful about who we seek advice from.  King Rehoboam received wise advice from the older advisers, who were also advisers to his father, King Solomon. They had experience and experience oftentimes breeds wisdom.

As you go about your week, remember to seek and use wisdom in all areas of your life. Proverbs  8:11 NLT says, "For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it."

Have an awesomely blessed week! Remember that God loves you far beyond measure!

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