David subdued Israel’s enemies. His son, Solomon, brought Israel incredible wealth and prestige. And his son, Rehoboam, brought it all crashing down.
How? “…the king did not listen to the people” when they asked him for relief (2 Chronicles 10:15).
It’s hard to lead people you don’t listen to! In fact, not only did Rehoboam not lead them, he destroyed a strong, rich, peaceful, united kingdom.
Actually Rehoboam’s problem goes back even earlier. He couldn’t hear his people because he didn’t hear his God—“He did evil BECAUSE he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord” (2 Chronicles 12:14, emphasis added).
If I set my heart fully on God, I can hear His voice.
If I can hear His voice, I can accurately hear others’ voices.
If I can accurately hear other people, I can serve them (see 1 Kings 12:7).
This is the only way to have God-enabled success with people!
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