PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
April 25, 2018
An article in Reader’s Digest recently had this story: A flight attendant spent a week’s vacation in the Rockies. She was captivated by the mountain peaks, the clear blue skies, and the beautiful forest. She also was charmed by an eligible bachelor who owned and operated a cattle ranch and lived in a log cabin. At the end of this week, after a wonderful time with this bachelor, she had to return home to her job. While on board the plane, she was pondering, “Should I go back to the city or return to the woods and stay with this man in the cabin for the rest of my life?” She was struggling but believed that God would give her an answer. To refresh herself, she went into the rest room and splashed some water on her face. Just then, there was some turbulence, a ‘ding’ sound went off and then a sign in the rest room lit up: PLEASE RETURN TO THE CABIN. She did – to the cabin back in the mountains!!
I hope this is not the way you make decisions in life. Making the right choice is a dilemma for many people, including Christians. Where do you go for counsel? When you have an important decision to make, who do you seek out? How do you know where to go for that help? How do you sort through all the advice to arrive at an understanding of what God wants you to do?
In 1 Kings 12 Rehoboam has just been made king. And he is facing the first major challenge of his leadership. Under the leadership of Jeroboam, the people come asking him to lower the taxes that Solomon had been requiring of them. Rehoboam goes to the older men who had counseled his father Solomon, and he asks them what he should do. They give him wise counsel. But it wasn’t the counsel Rehoboam wanted to hear. So, he went to inexperienced people – the young men with whom he had grown up – and he asked them what to do. They told him exactly what he wanted to hear. And when he followed their counsel, it is a fiasco.
Rehoboam sought council in the wrong places. On the surface, asking advice from the older men who had counseled his father appears to have been a good move. What better source of wisdom could the young king have turned?
During this season of seeking God’s face regarding our next steps as a congregation, it behooves us not to seek advice from the wrong source. May God continue to lead us and guide us in this important time in our life together!