I Told You So
How often have you heard these words…’If I were you… and I told you so?’ How often do we offer unasked advice to friends and family? How often do people do the same for us? We all mean well though, don’t we?
Do we listen to our elders who are full of life experience? Do any of us pray before offering up our two bits of wisdom? How do we make the right decision when everyone around us offers differing advice?
Rehoboam made the wrong choice and it landed him in no end of trouble.
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?” (1 Kings 12:8, 9, NIV)
He ignored the advice of seasoned experts and followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.”(1 Kings 12:14, NIV)
This didn’t turn out too well for Rehoboam. You can read the rest of the story for yourself. (Hint: things went down hill from there.) (1 Kings 18:12)
Oh, the consequences and guilt we bear when we make the wrong choice and someone even has the gall to point it out! Remember what happened in Acts 27?
But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship.
After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. (Acts 27:11, 21, NIV)
Common sense told the centurion to take the advice of the pilot and the man who owned the ship, but they happened to be wrong. Were their decisions based on business sense rather than common sense? They owned the ship and they had ‘the right of say.’
What do you do when your leader is telling you one thing and your heart is telling you another?
And do you know who your leader really is? (HINT—it is GOD!)
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9, NIV)
Integrity-The possession of firm principles; the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards.
We hear different advice everyday and we must learn to discern what is right and true. Then we take courage and follow through on what we know to be right. Saint Paul leads by example in Acts 21.
After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabuscame came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’”
When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” (Acts 21:10-14, NIV)
How did Paul come to this decision? How did he know for sure? He listened to the Holy Spirit.
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. (Acts 20:22-23, NIV)
Brenda J Wood aims for integrity in her everyday life and rejoices in calling you to do the same.
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