Thus King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned… And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord. II Chronicles 12:13,14
Father, as I read the account of Rehoboam’s rule over Judah, I noted the times he mistreated the people and did wrong, yet there were also times when he “walked in the way” of his grandfather, David, and his father, Solomon. He humbled himself before God and fortified cities. Still, what caught my attention is that he did evil by not preparing his heart to seek You, Lord. What does that mean for me?
I looked up the meaning of the following words from II Chronicles 12:14 in the Hebrew:
- Evil: adversity, affliction, displease, harm, misery, sorrow, wickedness,
- Prepare: be erect, set up, establish, apply, be stable
- Heart: feelings, will, intellect
- Seek: frequent, follow, worship, diligently, inquire, search
Looking at these words, I see Rehoboam’s mistake. I can understand the reason he displeased You, Lord, and why he caused misery and sorrow for Your people. He didn’t prepare his heart or will. He wasn’t stable in the way he sought You, Lord. He wasn’t diligent in his worship, or inquiry of what You wanted him to do.
Lord, I have to admit that although I intend to seek Your will every day before I begin writing, sometimes the enthusiasm for story takes over. I forget to ask You if this is the direction You’re leading me, or if I’m walking my own way. Please help me to prepare my heart, my will, my intellect, each and every day so my footsteps align with Yours. Help me to be frequent in my worship as I follow You, and keep my writing—my whole life—honorable to You. Please keep me from doing evil, but let me pen the words that honor You every day.