That they be given godly counsel and God fearing advisors- Proverbs 24:6
Rehoboam succeeded his father Solomon as the legal heir to the throne of the nation of Israel. Solomon’s tact in resolving internal conflicts and maintaining peaceful international relations were an outcome of the immense wisdom that God had blessed him with. This was an excellent foundation for Rehoboam to emulate and build on. In chapter 10 of 2nd Chronicles, a group of people approached Rehoboam and sought relief from the hard labor they were subjected to during Solomon’s reign. On the one hand, the wise men that served under Solomon advised him to act prudently towards these oppressed. Sadly, Rehoboam rejected the advice of the wise elders and paid heed to imprudent young men that had grown up with him. He replied,
"my little finger is thicker than my father's waist. My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions." (2nd Chronicles 10:10, 11)
To keep one’s sanity when caught in the tempest of being exposed to contrary voices is a test that those in influential positions face. One of our highest priorities, therefore, should be to pray that our leaders seek God’s wisdom and the courage to resist manipulation, pressure and the fear of man (Prov. 29.25, 2 Tim 1.7). To pray for those holding high offices is extremely important since decisions they make and policies they implement will have serious moral repercussions on the destiny of a particular community or country.
Contributed by Paul V. Kumar