Listen to People

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Chronicles 10-12.
Listen to people and you shall go far. Do not listen to them and you shall fall way short of your dreams. King Rehoboam illustrates this truth. After his father Solomon died, the people approached Rehoboam and asked him to lighten the burden his father had put upon them (2Chronicles 10:1–4). He told them to go away for three days and he consulted with his father’s advisers and the men who had grown up with him. His father’s advisers told him to listen to the people and they would serve him forever, whereas his friends advised him not to listen to the people (vv. 5–14). After accepting the advice of his friends, the people rejected Rehoboam and went away, causing a division in Israel (v. 15). The Bible says, “Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying:
‘What share have we in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
Every man to your tents, O Israel!
Now see to your own house, O David!’
So all Israel departed to their tents” (v. 16).
Rehoboam could have had a greater reign than his father, but through arrogance and hardness of heart, Rehoboam would not consider the wishes of the people and ruined his influence with them forever.
Do you want people, especially those in authority, to listen to you? If so, first listen to others yourself, for why should others listen to you, if you do not listen to them?

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