1 Kings 12:1-20
After the death of Solomon, the people took his son, Rehoboam, up to the city of Shechem and made him king of the nation of Israel. Jeroboam heard about this from Egypt and came back to Israel. Jeroboam led the people to confront Rehoboam. They told King Rehoboam that King Solomon had made life too hard for them and asked him to lighten the load. King Rehoboam told them to come back for his answer in 3 days.
First he consulted the wise men who had advised his father. They told him to be kind to the people now and they would be loyal forever. Then Rehoboam consulted his personal friends. They basically told him he had to show the people who was boss! That he should tell them he was going to make it harder.
Who would you listen to? Well, Rehoboam wasn’t being led by God, so he listened to the bad advice of his friends rather than the wise advice of his father’s advisors. When Jeroboam and the leaders came back for the answer, they saw that the king wouldn’t listen to them. So, they made Jeroboam king of all of Israel except Judah. Judah alone remained with King David’s descendant just as Ahijah had prophesied.
We need to be careful what voices we listen to. Not all advice is good advice!
Who are good people to seek advice from? Whose voice should we listen to the most? (God’s!)