There was an old song in the 80s that said,
You’ve got to know who to, who not to listen to.
They’re gonna hit you from all sides.
You’ve gotta make up your mind who to, who not to listen to.
This is very true. Where are you getting your counsel from? Because where you get your counsel from will shape your life, whether for the good or for the bad.
Ahaziah learned this to his regret. This Ahaziah was the king of Judah, not the king of Israel that we looked at earlier in II Kings 1.
And like his father, he took bad advice. He got bad advice from his mother, Athaliah, and since she was a relative of King Joram in Israel, Ahaziah took bad advice from Joram as well. As a result, he continued to worship the Baals as his father did. As II Chronicles 22:3-4 put it,
He walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him in doing wrong. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death, they became his advisers, to his undoing.
Those last three words are the key to this passage. By following bad advice, it led to his undoing.
He followed Joram into a war with the king of Aram, and after Joram got injured, Ahaziah went to visit him. But it was at that time, that a man named Jehu came to kill Joram. And because Ahaziah had associated himself with Joram, particularly in the evil he had committed in following false gods, Jehu killed him too. Ahaziah died because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But he was there because he chose to follow bad advice.
How about you? Whose counsel are you following? Are you following the counsel of people who are godly? Or are you following the counsel of those who are not?
This is not to say that non-Christian can never give good advice. They can. And there are times when Christians can give you some very bad advice. The key is to measure all things you hear by God’s word. Because he is the only one who gives perfect counsel.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)
May we be people who take the counsel of God, and if we do, we will be
like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does will prosper. (Psalm 1:3)