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The Advice of Mentors

Sep 28, 2010

quiet time notes

2 Chronicles 10:19 – So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

This verse has captured my attention. For several days now, I have
pondered this one-line Scripture that concludes the 10th chapter of 2
Chronicles. Whenever a passage keeps coming to my mind over and over
again, I always assume it is God’s Spirit at work and I look more
closely. What I found was intriguing – a simple, yet profound and
challenging message.

In this passage, King Rehoboam had a decision to make. He requested that
those in need of an answer come back to him in three days to receive his
decision. During those 72 hours, King Rehoboam:

10:6  – consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime.
10:8a – rejected the advice the elders gave him
10:8b – consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him
10:14 – followed the advice of the young men.

king’s choice to reject the advice of the older, wiser men surrounding
him and follow the advice of his peers resulted in a national rebellion
that according to that final verse still has reverberating effects “to
this day.”

I’m stunned as I think back over my life. There have been many times
when, ashamedly, I have rejected the wisdom given by the godly, wiser
women that the Lord has placed in my life in exchange for the misguided
suggestion of friends. No telling what ill-effects may be seen for years
to come in our lives and the lives of those we love, based simply on who
we choose to listen to.

Do you have mentors in your life? Do you yield to -or reject- their advice?

Think about it,

PS. Meet one of my mentors.