2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22 / Romans 8:24-39 / Psalm 18:35-50 / Proverbs 19:27-29
Standout verse: 2nd Chronicles 12:1
“Now it came to pass when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, that he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel along with him.”
Rehoboam represents a “roller coaster” way of living. A few verses prior to this talk about how he “walked in the ways of David and Solomon for the first three years of his reign” and that he strengthened the kingdom of Judah. When times were tough and he was vulnerable and desperate for help, he turned to the Lord. Yet, when he felt stronger and “up on his feet”, he no longer felt the deep need to walk closely with Him. He quickly developed a “thanks God, I’ve got it from here” attitude.
When his heart shifted away from the Lord, things quickly took a downhill turn. Because he’d turned from God, he’d left himself and his people wide open to enemy attack. The king of Egypt came against Jerusalem with a vast army and threatened to destroy them.
With trouble surrounding him, Rehoboam realized his pride, humbled himself and turned back to the Lord. God was gracious toward Rehoboam - He heard his cries for help, saw his humbled heart and received him back.
After a period of time, when he was “out of the woods” and his situation improved, his heart turned away AGAIN. The last verses of chapter 12 say, “And he (Rehoboam) did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.” A sad way to finish.
Rehoboam’s life is a great example of “how NOT to live”. Up, down, twisting here and there depending on what season we are in and/or level of difficulty (or ease) we are facing.
The deal is this: this kind of living is completely unbeneficial and unhealthy. It’s confusing, damaging and TOTALLY NOT WORTH IT. Though our God is gracious and will receive us back when our hearts are humbled and yielded, this lifestyle is absolutely NOT His best for us. HIS BEST FOR US IS TO GET CLOSE AND STAY CLOSE TO HIM IN EVERY SEASON, difficult and easy.