Why did God allow Jeroboam to be the king of Israel when he led them to idolatry?
God promised Jeroboam an enduring dynasty. He gave him a very large portion of the kingdom. He was given the same conditional blessing by God – i will bless you if you keep my decrees and obey my laws. 1 Kings 11:37-38 NIV “However, as for you, I will take you, and you will rule over all that your heart desires; you will be king over Israel. If you do whatever I command you and walk in obedience to me and do what is right in my eyes by obeying my decrees and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.”
This is a test that came to Jeroboam. God was developing his faith, teaching him to trust in Him and God was showing him how real He is in our lives here on earth, that He is in control of the future.
Through the prophecy (1 Kings 11:29-31), God was showing Jeroboam that He is in control and He knows the future. Jeroboam experienced this when the prophecy was fulfilled. Indeed after some time, he became the king of the 10 tribes of Israel.
Sadly, Jeroboam did not respond in faith to God’s promise but he responded to the insecurities that he had (1Kings 12:26-28). In the spiritual realm, he believed in the lies of Satan – that they needed to make gods so that his kingdom will be secure for him. What a great sin it was that lead to the downfall of northern Israel. The northern kingdom was never able to overcome this “idolatric” bondage.
We may be quick to judge Jeroboam and we may even question God’s omniscience or sovereignty: Why did God allow Jeroboam to sin against Him if He knew this would happen? Again the thin border or predestination and the will of man. Each of us have a choice. We are all presented with crossroads in our lives, whether we will believe and put our faith in God or will we live life for ourselves with our own agenda. We face these moments: to choose to sin and succumb to temptations or choose righteousness and holiness in this sinful and perverse generation.
I do pray, that God would give us wisdom to obey Him, a faith that will trust Him, and most of all, a heart that will love Him. Indeed, we praise God for His mercy towards us, His faithfulness, and His unending love for us manifested on the Cross of Jesus. He died so that we might live, so that we can receive forgiveness for our sins. Praise be to God. Let us put our faith in Him because He first loved us.
God bless you all.