(July 26, 2016)
So what to make of Jeroboam? On the one hand, here was someone hand-picked by the Lord to receive the kingship over ten of the twelve tribes. On the other hand, here was someone who almost immediately turned away from the Lord when it became inconvenient (or dangerous) to worship God.
Rather than castigate Jeroboam, though, the correct thing to do is to evaluate our own lives to see the ways we are imitating him. When we are given a gift from the Lord, do we readily forget why we have been given that gift? For example, when we pay tithing and then receive a financial windfall, is our first thought to express gratitude to the Lord or do we think we somehow earned it through our own efforts? And when things are difficult, or even dangerous, do we hold to the Lord or do we turn to a pale or idolatrous imitation of the Gospel in order to remain safe and comfortable?