It's something that we see time & time again throughout Israel’s history & unfortunately too often within our own lives as well. How quickly we fall.
Rehoboam, only one generation from Solomon & all his splendour, from the completion of the Lord’s temple & they quickly turned their eyes from God. Because of this, God allowed for them to be invaded & the treasures of the temple & the palace carried off.
In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem. He carried off the treasures of the temple of the Lord & the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made.
1 Kings 14:25 & 26
When the people became spiritually corrupt & immoral, it was just a short time until they lost everything. (They even had to replace the gold shields with cheaper bronze.) Rehoboam tried to keep his appearance of glory, but he couldn't measure up.
2 Chronicles 12:7-8
God will always take us back, but there may be consequences to work through. Let's just make sure to learn the lesson God wants to teach us the first time so we don't have to go through it again.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Kings 15:9-15, 2 Chronicles 14:1-8, 1 Kings 14:19-20, 1 Kings 15:25-34, 2 Chronicles 14:9-15, 2 Chronicles 15:1-19