When King Solomon died, huisu son Rehoboam became king. There were some older men who had advised his father and gave him counsel that offered their services to the new king. They explained that their father pushed people to their limits and needed a break. The new king had several friends who were young and also counseled him. They told him to reject the counsel of the old men and be even harder on people than his father. He took the advice of the younger men and the people revolted. The kingdom split and his territory shrink significantly because he refused wise counsel. Pride has a way of telling us that we either don’t need counseling or to reject the advice we’re given. Over and over the Bible reminds us of our need to seek and to listen to counsel. Your ability to make an impact on people is tied to your ability to receive good, godly counsel. Seek it out.
Here are some Bible verses on seeking counsel.
1. The way of the [arrogant] fool [who rejects God’s wisdom] is right in his own eyes, But a wise and prudent man is he who listens to counsel.
Proverbs 12:15 AMP
2. Wisdom opens your heart to receive wise counsel, but pride closes your ears to advice and gives birth only to quarrels and strife.
Proverbs 13:10 TPT
3. The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong.
Psalms 37:30 NLT
4. Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 15:22 ESV
5. Listen to counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, That you may be wise in the time to come.
Proverbs 19:20 AMP
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