Ahithophel was a wise advisor, as “when one inquired a word from God,” (see 2 Samuel 16:23). That verse said he was an advisor to David and Absalom, who was now the heir to the throne.
But Absalom became greedy. He stole the hearts of the people, (see 2 Samuel 16:23), and was not willing to wait for David’s death to become king. He went to Hebron and caused an uprising, (see 2 Samuel 15:7-12).
He sent for Ahithophel, who was offering sacrifices in his hometown, (see 2 Samuel 15:12), and they went to Jerusalem together. He followed the advice of Ahithophel when he first arrived, (see 2 Samuel 16:20-22), but didn’t follow his advice about the battle. God had other plans.
2 Samuel 17:14, “Then Absalom and all of the men of Israel said, ‘The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than the advice of Ahithophel.’ For the Lord had decided to undermine the prudent advice of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring calamity to Absalom.” Modern English Version
Ahithophel gave up, (see 2 Samuel 17:23) because they didn’t take his advice.
We give advice to our children, and when they are young, they listen carefully. But as they get older, they listen to their friends instead. We can see calamity ahead, but we cannot stop it.
I learned three things from the life of Ahithophel:
- Never stop giving advice.
- God has a plan.
- Never give up.
Unfortunately, when our advice is not taken, there are always consequences. This is true when part of your job is giving advice.
My friend, Kiley, moved away a few years ago. He worked for the city and his job involved giving advice. When asked why he was moving away from a job he loved, he said, “They just stopped listening to me.” Even when people stop listening, never give up.
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