He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord. Chr. 12:14
What are the consequences of taking pride in the glory of our accomplishments without humbly attributing our successes to God? The life of king Rehoboam stands as an example of what necessary follows if we take pride in our achievements.
The construction of the temple of God in all its grandeur and Solomon's magnificient palace stand evidence to Israel's zenith as a nation. Solomon's son, Rehoboam's position as a King was strongly established. However, he and all of Israel abandoned the law of the Lord (2 Chr. 12:1) and Israel had sunk into a deplorable state of affairs. Alas, God had to break the promise he had made to David in 1st Chr. 17:9, "And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed."
This act of abandoning God by Rehoboam was one of the first of the series in the nation of Israel's continuous rebellion against God. This ultimately led to the destruction of the temple and the Israelites were driven away from their home land. The history of Israel depicts a sad universal phenomenon where most men see little or no need of God.
The logical connection between taking pride in our trophies, great or small, as leading to an abandoning of God is very vividly manifested. God calls us today to humble ourselves and set our hearts on seeking Him. It is His grace upon us that establishes us and makes us blessed in Him. We have been made by Him and as His chosen people we experience His continual blessing only when our hearts are humbly set to seeking His heart.
Contributed by Paul V. Kumar