Chapter 9 wraps up the reign of Solomon and we read on as his son, Rehoboam, takes the throne.
And, alas, this does not go well.
“But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers.” 10:8
The text speaks for itself in this chapter: seek after the advice of the honest, godly and experienced. The older men offered Rehoboam a solution that required him to show humility. He instead chose to flex his power and intimidate his people.
I’m so thankful Jesus doesn’t lead this way. He never, ever, threatens, shames or oppresses us. Instead he’s patient. Loving. Gently coaxes us to trust him, forgives us, meets us where we are and fiercely defends the oppressed. What a great and perfect leader we have in him.
How are you leading? Whose advice do you seek? Do you choose humility or pride?
Let’s give praise to Jesus today for being our perfect King!