1 Kings 12:21-24
So, how do you think Rehoboam responded to the people going to follow Jeroboam? Did he just say, “Oh, well,” and sit back comfortably? No! He began assembling his army. He called together 180,000 warriors from Judah and Benjamin. He was ready to fight for his kingdom!
But then God spoke to Shemaiah, a prophet. God told Shemaiah to speak to Rehoboam and the people of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. God told them not to go to war against their brothers, the other children of Israel. God told them, through Shemaiah, that this separation had come from Him.
So what did they do? They listened! All the warriors went home. Do you think Rehoboam was okay with this? The Bible doesn’t tell us how he felt, just that they obeyed. Based on the information about Rehoboam in chapter 14, I suspect he obeyed grudgingly. Does that matter? Yes, God wants us to act with cheerful hearts! Obedience is good, but obeying with the right attitude is best!
Have you ever done the right thing, not because you wanted to, but because you had to? Discuss some ways to make your attitude line up with your actions!