LIFE ENRICHMENT MINISTRIES, INC. (501c3)
I’ve been pondering the following issue: Younger spurning elders.
“And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke: The younger men offered the opposite advice to the elders. They suggested an adversarial approach, one that would make Rehoboam more feared than Solomon was.”
This young king asked for the elders advice, then asked advice from young men. When he ignored the elders advice, the younger men’s advice brought pain and heart ache to the children of Israel for years.
Rehoboam was very foolish to do this. Paul declares through God’s Word that the older should teach the younger. Deut.6 declares that parents teach their children God’s law when they wake up in the morning, when they walk along the way, when they sit down and when you go to bed. That’s the older teaching the younger.
Common sense tells us that any young person who seeks the wisdom of an elder shows great integrity and insight. Paul was Timothy’s mentor in scripture – the elder advising the younger.
When the young spurn their elders, it gives definition to the Proverb that says that a haughty spirit goes before a fall. In my 69 years of life, I’ve observed the success of the young because they did seek the wisdom of the elders around them.
I pray for the future of the church of the living God that the younger people will always seek the wisdom of their elders in ministry. If the young do not respect their elders, when they reach their elder years they will not be respected. We do reap what we sow.
Proverbs 19:22 – “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
vs. 21 – Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.”
God’s Word is filled with the greatest wisdom and it was not written by young novices. God moved on the prophets and apostles through His Spirit to write His wisdom and GOD IS THE ANCIENT OF DAYS!!!!!!!
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