King Rehoboam succeeded his father Solomon as a king of Israel, but he quickly followed wrong counsels and lost credibility with his citizens. Therefore, he lost more than 70% of his kingdom to someone who had no royal blood.
The scripture reported,
“…And Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.’” (2 Chronicles 10:3-4).
“So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had directed, saying, ‘Come back to me the third day.’ Then the king answered them roughly. King Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders, and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, ‘My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!’”(12-14).
“Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: ‘What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel! Now see to your own house, O David!’ So all Israel departed to their tents” (2 Chronicles 10:16)
Lesson on Association
Wrong association corrupt good people; children of God must avoid relationship that may affect their standing with God. Ungodly people may care less about meeting God’s expectations, they may also care less about any eternal consequence that is attached with a sinful act.
Ungodly people may pursue human feelings and selfish desires.
Meanwhile, we (God’s children) are obligated to put God first in whatever we do.
We are trained to prioritize obedience to God above any human desire! Since we do not share common values with unbelievers, we cannot afford to follow their footsteps. Instead, we must remain steadfast with bible principles, so that God can be glorified in our lives.
Prayer of Grace to Walk with Godly People
Dear God, please help me not to keep ungodly relationship, but help me to maintain relationship with godly people. Enable me to appreciate Christian values and practice them. Empower me through your Holy Spirit to keep relationships that respect your commandments.
Do not let me follow bad examples, but help me to be faithful to you, so that I can be fit to receive your blessings always. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
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