[CF Devotionals] 2011-05-16 - What Would Rehoboam Say?

2 Chronicles 10:4-19

But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. (2 Chronicles 10:8)

I was to be the people’s king; that wasn't up for discussion. A son took over his father's reign as king; that is noted throughout history. I didn’t think it was up to the people, what kind of king I should be. The people didn’t like the harsh labor my late father Solomon put them in, and wanted me to soften the blow, then they would serve me. I didn’t want to cause waves. So I told the people I would think about what type of king I would be, and give them an answer in three days. My answer wasn’t going to be empty promises.

I received everyone’s advice but God’s, the one that truly matters. I discussed the situation with the men who counseled my father Solomon. I did not like their advice. I didn’t go for the idea of bowing down to the people, and following through with kindness; it should be the other way around. I then asked some friends I grew up with.

They told me the opposite of the older men. They said to be harder on the people than my father was. My friends thought I should show the people who is boss - me.

Once the three days were up, I told the people I would be tougher than my father. People did not like my answer, and things backfired. Most of the people rallied together and deserted me. There were some who were faithful, and followed me as king. I should have listened to the older and experienced men. I just wanted to do things my way, to show how powerful a man I can be. Some power, huh?


Lord, Grant me wisdom, and then peace, to know the right thing to do. Thanks, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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