Seize the Moment – Day 825


The Importance of Wise Counselors!

1 Kings 12


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, June 20.


How do you approach making big decisions? Do you make your big decisions all by yourself, or do you seek the counsel of others?


Proverbs 15:22 teaches, “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.” The Bible emphasizes the importance of having a trusted community of wise counselors in your life. These people don’t have to be professional therapists, but they do need to be trusted friends and family members who will give you biblical and timely wisdom. They should neither make your decisions for you, nor serve as your rubber-stamp committee, but be brothers and sisters who love you enough to ask the hard questions to ensure you are living for Jesus in every area of your life.


A great example of the need for such a community comes from 1 Kings 12:1-15. Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, and successor to the throne of Israel, was ambivalent on how to respond to the plee of his people in verse 4, “Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.” The elders counseled him to lessen the people’s burden, whereas his contemporaries counseled him to increase their burden (6-11). In fulfillment of God’s judgment, Rehoboam forsook the wise counsel of the elders to follow the foolish counsel of the young men he grew up with. Henceforth, the people rebelled, forsook him as king, and the kingdom was divided from that day forward (13-33).


From this story, we learn that we must choose our counselors wisely. It takes time and effort to find them but surround yourself with people who will walk in the way of Jesus with you to the glory of God.


Seize the moment and build a community of wise counselors for your life.


God bless you!
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