1 Kings 15 As the father Jeroboam lived and reigned, so his son Nadab did. Thus the prophecy came true regarding Jeroboam given by Ahijah the Shilonite. Jeroboam had been given a promise from God that his reign would prosper and his sons and the nation of Israel would be honored IF he obeyed God and worshiped God. But, again, as before, the fear of man was his downfall. [Prov 29:25] Jeroboam feared the people would return to Rehoboam and Judah, so he compromised with two golden calves he erected. Secondly, he chose many to be priests that were not Levites.
Compromise is the downfall of righteousness. This is not new. It began in the Garden, and today, we see this fruit in our own country’s leadership. God allows the downfall to happen as a lesson for those who are alive to learn from their mistakes. But we are slow learners and one generation away from purity and holiness. “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope.” [Rom 15:4]
Remember, God allowed all of this “because they did not have faith in God and did not trust his ability to deliver them.” [Ps 78:22] Where is your faith today?