But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.
Rehoboam was faced with a decision. The people were asking for the yoke to be lightened. Ignorantly he ignored the advice of the elders and followed the guidance of young self serving men sending the people further into rebellion and strife.
Be careful who you seek counsel from. Seeking advice from those who have sinister motives is dangerous. We need people in our lives who will shoot straight and are willing to keep us in check. Those friends who are not afraid of hurting our feelings but will tell us things we need to hear not just what we want to hear.
Lord thank you for the wise people around me who are willing to tell it like it is and not sugar coat things. Please help me to graciously accept criticism and humbly give it when appropriate. Thank you for true friends!