Following Self Destroys Testimony

2 Chronicles 12:12,14—And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well. And he did evil because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

We all have an immediate testimony and a living testimony. At this point, near the end of Rehoboam’s life, he had a good testimony. It took being conquered and nearly destroyed to turn him from pride to humility, but at least he turned in the right direction unlike some of the kings that followed him. This was really the spiritual high point of his life. We can only guess what Israel would have been like had he served the LORD all his life, following the example of his grandfather David. From this point forward, the kings will have one of two epitaphs. They have this one that Rehoboam had of doing evil and not setting his heart on seeking the LORD or one of walking in the path of King David. In the North, they were likened to Jeroboam who led the nation into idolatry. It was black and white. Our overall life’s testimony is good or evil. It has to do with where we have set our heart. Where is your compass pointed? On what tower have you leaned your life’s ladder? Rehoboam had set his course for greed and self-fulfillment early on and stayed with that course almost to the end. Only disaster and the threat of destruction would turn him at the end of his life. What will it take to turn you? If you are set on self and not your Creator, you will have the same epitaph as Rehoboam.

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