Rehoboam had two choices: listen to the old men who had counseled his father or listen to the young men with whom he had grown up. You know the rest of the story, and you know it didn’t turn out so well. It can be tempting to discount the previous generation and assume their ideas and perspectives are outdated. But consider these truths from God’s Word: “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts” (Ps. 145:4); “Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days” (Job 12:12); and “Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old” (Prov. 23:22).
Not only does it benefit us to seek wisdom from the previous generation, we also ignore it at our own peril. Rehoboam’s father, Solomon, put it this way: “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Prov. 13:20). If only he had listened! What will it take for us to listen?
From whom do you seek advice and counsel? Whom do you need to seek out for wisdom in the future?