2Chronicles 22:3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly. Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction.
Ahaziah had counsellors. The main counsellor it seems was his mother. She counseled him to do wickedly. He walked in the ways of the most wicked king God’s people ever knew. Parents obviously have a tremendous influence on what their children do. This verse calls on you to consider how you are counseling your children both by your words and by your example.
After his dad died he had the same wicked counsellors that his dad had. They gave him counsel that destroyed him as a king and an effective leader. Their counsel led to his destruction, the undoing of his work and legacy.
That brings me to ask myself two questions. First, who are my counsellors. I need to choose wisely because wrong counsel will lead to my destruction. Who do you listen to? Where do you go to make decisions? Do you seek godly counsel? Psalm 1:1, Psalm 33:11
Wrong counsel can lead to your demise. The prayer is that they would fall by their own counsels. I wonder how many seek God, Psalm 107:11 spend time in prayer and His Word to make decisions. Psalm 5:10, Psalm 64:2
We need to seek right and godly counsel. Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 19:21. I hope that you will decide now to seek only godly counsel. These are difficult days. Counsel abounds. Is it the right counsel? Does it please God? If not run to the nearest place to find God’s will and do it and obey Him.
The next question is what type of counsel are you giving your children and those that listen to you? His mother counseled him to do wrong. He suffers the consequences of bad counsel. I wonder what your children are learning from you. They learn from what you say and even more from what you do.
Do you challenge and motivate them to seek God’s will for their life? Do you challenge them to spend time in the house of God and the Word of God?
Do you set the right example for them? Would they love the Bible, prayer, church, and quiet time with God if they followed your example? Would they desire to live a disciplined, holy life if they followed your example? Would they love their spouse and have a godly home?
How are you counseling with your words and your example? We are all being counseled and counseling. Today, let’s examine ourselves to see if we are pleasing God and doing right.