1 Kings 14:7 (KJV)
Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel,
The rebellion of Jeroboam against Jerusalem is obvious and blatant. God’s promise was for the throne to belong in Jerusalem and to the seed of David. This in no way means that David’s family was perfect and wouldn’t be tested.
Jeroboam was a test in much the same way that Nebuchadnezzar was a test. God used each man to chasten, correct, and develop his people. Jeroboam did an evil thing just as much as Nebuchadnezzar did. But both men were tools of the Lord, and both men could have sought the Lord.
Jeroboam went farther than God allowed. Having separated from Judah, which was wrong, he did more wrong. It was this that God judged.
None of us are perfect. We do wrong. God can and will use it.
- It might be that we learn lessons from our wrong
- It might be He uses our wrongs to teach someone else lessons
But that God uses it in no way means He approves of it. Nor does it mean He supports our doing what will almost certainly happen, that we slip into a state of further spiritual decline.
The thing to do is repent and turn to God. Don’t let one sin lead to greater sins.
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