Truth isn’t always comfortable or pleasing to our sinful, selfish nature, but it’s the truth that will deliver us from the consequences of foolishness and sin. Bad advice, on the other hand, tickles our ears and gives us the “go ahead” to do what we really want to do.
2 Chronicles 9 & 10
Consequences of Bad Advice
Counsel—Wise or What We Want to Hear?
Verse 18, “Plans are established by counsel; by wise counsel wage war.”
In chapter 10 of 2 Chronicles, we saw the importance of wise counsel. Rehoboam sought counsel, but he rejected the wise counsel of those who had walked with God for many years and, instead, took the advice that pleased Him.
There is much of that going on in the world today. Instead of seeking counsel from God’s Word or from wise people, many seek counsel that confirms what they want to do, especially if what they want to do is sin or foolishness! Even as professing believers, we can fall into that trap.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires” (2 Tim. 4.3).
On the other hand, godly wisdom may not always be what we want to hear, but it’s the wisdom that will keep us from a train wreck down the road. Ultimately, it’s the truth of God that will set us free (Jn. 8.32). It’s the person who truly loves us who will speak the sometimes uncomfortable truth to us.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful (Prov. 27.6).
Today’s Other Readings:
Can you imagine the wealth, the gold, the precious stones? Silver was too common to be called valuable—such riches and abundance! Solomon saw it all and had it all! And yet, in the book of Ecclesiastes, he said if that’s where you’re looking to find your peace, joy and satisfaction, it’s all fleeting!
We see evidence of that all over the news these days. If wealth and beauty and fame and success could bring peace and joy, Hollywood should be the happiest place on earth. And yet, its elite often go from one partner to another, from one “high” to another, with few finding true peace and satisfaction.
The Importance of Trusting God
Just as with individuals, nations as a whole can fail to trust God and give Him the glory for what they have. When we do, there will come a time when He will remove those blessings. Over and over again we have seen that played out, especially in our Old Testament readings.
An Amazing Time to be Alive
What an amazing time to have lived—during the book of Acts. We might say the same about Solomon’s time. But what about today? This is the time God has uniquely ordained for each of us. Make no mistake, it is just as amazing a time. There is the availability of great teachers and teachings, in person and over the airwaves. There is an abundance of books, DVDs and CDs. The internet with all of its temptations also offers a multitude of biblical resources.
Is there sin? Yes, in abundance!
“But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more” (Rom. 5.20).
Grace to share the gospel to a lost and dying world … let’s get on with our Father’s business! Amen?
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