“And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.”
- 2 Chronicles 12:14
The verse above is in reference to king Rehoboam. Rehoboam was the son of king Solomon, but as his decisions would show, he obviously lacked his father’s wisdom. I won’t go into too much detail about his life for the sake of brevity, but after Rehoboam became king, he rejected the wise guidance of the elders who had advised his father and took the counsel of his young friends. In short, this decision caused the kingdom to be ripped from his hands.
Rehoboam’s life was one that was continually marked by bad decisions, or perhaps, a lack of good ones. Rehoboam relied on his own strength, forgetting the very One who had established his father’s kingdom and given him wisdom and riches. Instead of looking to God to establish his kingdom, he tried to do it on his own.
2 Chronicles 12:1 says, “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.” Once he felt secure in his own strength and his own works, Rehoboam basically told God, “I don’t need you anymore.”
Here we come to what I believe is a key verse about the life of Rehoboam. It says in 2 Chronicles 12:14, “And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.” Think about that for a second… It says, “He did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.”
Why does the Word say this? I think Rehoboam originally had some intentions to follow God, but once his kingdom was secure, and because his father had left a bad example of idol worship, he decided to forsake God. Once he had power and wealth and security, he began to follow the crowd, and he took the whole nation along with him.
So how do we prepare our hearts to seek God? Here are two main ways I believe we need to go about it:
Passionate, Diligent Seeking
We firstly have to make the decision to seek Christ above all else. It’s a passionate pursuit. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” He rewards those who diligently pursue him. Diligence implies consistency and persistence. The decision must be made that Christ gets our first priority. Everything else becomes secondary.
When Christ has first place, everything else falls into place. But when we put other things in a place above Christ, everything falls apart.
Circumstance Proof Our Pursuit
One of my all-time favorite quotes is by Jonathan Edwards, who said:
"Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will."
He prepared himself to seek God no matter his circumstances. This has to be our posture before God. We must prepare our hearts to say:
Whether I am famed or forgotten, prosperous or penniless, accepted or abandoned… I will live for God. No matter my circumstances or situations, longings or desires, no matter the opinions of the crowds or the culture… I will seek God.
Preparing our hearts to seek God is about making these decisions from the start, not determining our level of obedience as we go. From the outset, we demolish any power that circumstances or the status quo might have over us by making the determination to silence them before they even have a voice. The best way to keep something from affecting your life is by silencing it before it even has a chance to speak.
Rehoboam walked away from God because he didn’t make the decision to seek God before he had the voices of political power and idol worship breathing down his neck. So when the time came to make a decision, he listened to the voices he had already determined to hear and rejected the voice of God. He didn’t prepare his heart to seek the Lord.
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