After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 12:1
When Solomon had died, the nation of Israel had started to split up into two kingdoms. Rehoboam had become king of the northern part of Israel, as part of a rebellion against King Jeroboam in Judah. He started out serving God and leading the kingdom in following God. Once he was fully established in his position, he walked away from God and led the people away from God.
Anytime people receive help to get something going, they are excited. They accept that help and realize how they are really making it. This help can be someone who supplies the needed finances to get a business going, or to provide for college, or to start building a house, or one of many other things.
After a time of success, however, many people forget how they had made it. They start to think that they did everything on their own, rather than with help from someone else. Often they start to despise the one who supplied their needs, trying to look strong and powerful.
This type of thinking occurs very often among people who started to serve God. When times were tough and things were looking very bad, many people turn to God and appear to serve Him with all of their heart. Later, when things get going very well, many people forget about God. They feel that they were the ones that made everything happen and put God on a shelf.
Very few people have not been guilty of doing this at some point in their life. People like to be selfish and proud of themselves, not giving God the credit for what He has done in their lives.
Think through about your life. Where has God brought you from or through?
Are you still serving God as you did at the beginning?
Or have you put God on the shelf and abandoned Him?
Keep your focus and trust in God. Do not trust yourself and your own abilities. It is God who can raise you up and it is God who can bring you down. Do not become like Rehoboam and forget about God.
I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will trust God for everything; that you will not turn away from God; and that you will always give God credit for your blessings in life.