There is a principle taught in Scripture that we should be careful of the counsel we choose to listen to and heed. When King Rehoboam ascended the throne as Solomon’s successor he received advice from the seasoned advisors who advised Solomon, and he received advice from young men with whom he was raised. He chose the advice of the young because it was what he wanted to hear—not what he needed to hear (1 Kings 12). The advice Rehoboam accepted caused a revolt of ten tribes and split the kingdom.
We find this same pattern in Absalom’s battle with his father David. Absalom rejected the advice of Ahithophel (David’s seasoned advisor who had never erred in his counsel) and chose the advice of Hushai whom David had planted among Absalom’s advisors. Absalom’s choice cost him victory and led to his demise and that of Ahithophel.