On the advantages of many years

Paul Harvey once related, in his inimitable way, the news item of a young husband and father of three who was standing with friends upon a high cliff over a body of water.  Harvey, mentioning that his friends dared him to jump, concluded the short story with the terse sentence __He was 37.”

Young men, who have a measure of responsibility, possessing zest, energy and impulsive spirit, are prone to make rash decisions.  We see this in Solomon’s son, and successor to his throne, Rehoboam.  At the outset of his reign a crisis was thrust upon him that had ominous potential.  He heard the counsel offered by the elders who had served his father.  That counsel did not please him so he consulted a group which suited him better.

“But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.” (1 Kings 12:8)

The devastating consequences of Rehoboam’s decision are preserved in Scripture for our learning.  Thomas Scott, commenting upon the passage said “… if they, who have not prudence or experience adequate to such emergencies, would follow the counsel of their real friends, who are older or wiser than themselves, much mischief would be prevented.”

What a blessing from God are young men in the church, men of ability who value the counsel of grey heads in the congregation!  May the Lord grant us more of them.

Pastor Bob Brown



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