Young vs. Old

But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. 1 Kings 12:8

I’ve always found this passage of Scripture to be intriguing. On the one hand, the elders gave solid advice: don’t change a lot and go with the flow. In other words, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

But Rehoboam didn’t like that advice so he turned to his friends. His friends. We have the advantage of being able to read a few chapters ahead and see the results of his actions: total bedlam. Rehoboam ended up fleeing for his life.

I’ve found in my brief life that the wisdom and counsel of those older than me generally carries more weight than a peer, especially as it pertains to spiritual guidance. I tend to go with those who have been around longer. I think that those older than us have our best interests at heart; whereas our peers may (but certainly not always) have other motives resting on the counsel they give.

Praise the Lord for those who have gone before us and have led the way. Encourage one of those older individuals today by sending a quick thank you letter.

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