2 Chronicles 10
After Solomon’s death, his son Rehoboam became king. The people approached King Rehoboam seeking relief from Solomon’s heavy taxes. The young king then sought out advice from the elders. The elders advised him to be kind to his people but King Rehoboam rejected their advice and consulted instead the young people who had grown up with him (v6-8). Presumably, he was looking for people to advise him to cater to his own intentions. The results were disastrous and the advice that his friends gave backfired. It led to conflict and rebellion.
We face difficult decisions constantly. Where do we go to for advice? We must first seek God, above all others. Proverbs 3:5 says: lean not on our own understanding but to lean on God. It is wise to seek advice and views from your elders. It could be from our pastors, lay leader’s of the church or people who are close to you. After receiving the advice, we have to discern if the advice given applies to God’s word to our situation. To accept other’s advice means we must practice humility and not to be too proud to reject it when the advice does not suit your intentions. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice (Proverbs 12:15).
1 Corinthians 5:1-5
The next passage we have a passage where the Corinthian church did not seek God for His counsel when they faced a sin issue in their church. Paul was writing a firm and stern warning to the Corinthian Church on the issue of sexual immorality practiced by someone in the congregation. Paul was taking the Corinthian Church to task by asking them why are they allowing such behavior in their church. The Corinthians knew about the situation but were not upset about it. If they had turned to God’s word, they should have known it is declared sin by the Bible (Leviticus 18:8) and should not have tolerated such behavior. Perhaps, they could have written to Paul for advice but they did not.
Application: For some of us, it can be difficult to confront a friend or a family member when they are committing a sin. How does one balance between being loving and being too judgmental? First, we obtain guidance from God’s word: We can look to the example Jesus gave when he confronted the woman caught in adultery in John 7:53 to Joh 8:11. Although Jesus said her sins was forgiven, it was not excused. Jesus did not ignore her sin. Jesus never teaches us to shy away from sin or to tolerate sin. All of us have a responsibility to confront sin when we see it and lead them to repentance. Secondly, we can turn to Matthew 18:15-17 on how to deal with sin amongst church members.
From these two passages:
a) We learn to seek God first for wisdom comes from the Lord;
b) Even if we seek advise from our closest friends or elders, we must check it with God’s word; and
c) The best advise will come from someone who can apply God’s word to your situation and encourage you to come to your own decision in alignment with God’s will.
Heavenly Father, we look to you when we are faced with difficult decisions. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Guide us by the power of Your Holy Spirit to make the right decisions in accordance to Your Will.