It hurts when you make a bad decision and it affects you in a major way. Like when I made the decision to cut squash with a mandolin cutter without knowing what I was doing... slice and there goes the tip of my finger. For the next month, I couldn’t do much of anything with that hand (especially typing, which is a lot of what I do lol). In an instance a mistake was made that had adverse side effects for a long time.
Rehoboam had war continually (2 Chron. 12:15) and it all stemmed back to that fateful day he selected the “wisdom” of the young men over the aged men. His decision would last hundreds of years beyond his own life. Every king after him would have to deal with this new divided kingdom.
Had only Rehoboam heeded the advice and wisdom of his father Solomon, much of this might not have happened. Had neither Solomon nor Rehoboam sinned this wouldn’t have happened. Jeroboam is no saint in this story either. His actions are used to compare every wicked king of the Northern Kingdom (yep, they had NO good kings).
We are human and will make mistakes... but there are some things we can do to help make sure they are not major blunders:
1). Consult the Lord about every decision in your life. You can never pray too much.
2). When God directs you... follow Him. There is a reason that Paul said we are to walk in the Spirit as we are led of the Spirit... He wants us to head in the right way, if we would just follow Him.
3). When you make a mistake, acknowledge it, learn from it, and move on (it is in the past, you cannot rewrite history, but you can learn from it to impact your future).
4). Learn from others... the wisdom of learning from others mistakes can save you tons of heartaches.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Chronicles 9 - 12
2 Chronicles 12:1
And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.