“When the rule of Rehoboam was established and he was strong, he abandoned the law of the LORD” (v1). For the first three years of his reign, King Rehoboam welcomed all God-followers, especially the priests who were fleeing Jeroboam’s idolatrous rule in the north. All those who had “set their hearts to seek the Lord” (11:16) went to Judah, where worship to God continued in Jerusalem. However, when his reign seemed stable, Rehoboam turned to idolatry, making him vulnerable to attacks by Shishak of Egypt.
“He did not set his heart to seek the Lord” (v14). Rather than using God as a resource in desperate times, we are called to “set our hearts” in His direction regardless of circumstances.