The Man Who Listened to Fools (4 of 8) by Jeff Strite

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The Man Who Listened to Fools (4 of 8)
Series: The Biggest Losers
Jeff Strite
I Kings 12:1-19

OPEN: In my files I have the following pieces of advice that you may want to consider:
- Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
- Never buy a car you can't push.
- When everything's coming your way, you're probably in the wrong lane.
- Find out what you don't do well, then don't do it.
- Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of bandages and adhesive tape.
- It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

The world is filled with people who would like to give us advice.
And the Bible SAYS it is a good thing to listen to advice.

For example:
Proverbs 12:15 ''The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.''

Proverbs 15:22 ''Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.''

Prov 19:20-21 ''Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.''

Interestingly enough those proverbs were written by Solomon for the benefit of his sons. Repeatedly - throughout Proverbs - Solomon would say things like this:
''Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.'' Proverbs 1:8

Solomon's oldest son was Rehoboam, and this morning we're reading about the day Rehoboam sought that very kind of advice.
When Solomon died, his throne was passed down to his son Rehoboam and Rehoboam was approached by his people saying that they needed relief from the high taxes his father had imposed during his reign to build the Temple and to run the kingdom.

Wisely, Rehoboam asked for 3 days so that he could consult with his advisors.
1st he goes to his father's advisors… older men whom Solomon trusted for good advice ...


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