Read 2 Chronicles 10
Focus on verse 8
When my sons were teenagers and I was beginning to show signs of slowing down, we would get into little friendly contests of strength and skill. Sometimes it took the form of a wrestling match, sometimes a battle of wits, most often I would win and we would laugh and they would say – “wait ‘til next time”. Then I would playfully remind them that old age and experience will always triumph over youth and vigor and we would laugh again.
As facetiously as that statement was intended, there is perhaps a grain of truth within it. There is a certain advantage that age and experience give over the strength and vigor of youth. Young people have a tendency to approach life with the attitude that nothing will ever hurt them. Bad stuff only happens to other people. While this give them a very positive approach to life and often helps them overcome difficult challenges, it also can give a false sense of confidence that can at times set them up for serious failures.
In today’s chapter Rehoboam could have listened to the wise counsel that the older men gave him. He chose not to and it cost him a large chunk of his kingdom. The text does tell us that this was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam who led the rebellion and became the first king of the ten tribes who followed him in the rebellion. This kingdom would become known as the northern kingdom of Israel making their capital city the city of Samaria.
As we age we have the opportunity gain experience from the hard knocks of the reality of life. Those who are wise learn from these experiences and apply that knowledge to make life more enjoyable and less painful.