In 2 Chronicles 12, we see the consequences of King Rehoboam’s foolish decision to reject the advice of the elders and instead listen to the counsel of the young men. As a result of his decision, the kingdom of Judah is invaded by Shishak, king of Egypt, who takes away all of the treasures of the temple and palace. This is a great tragedy for the people of Judah, as it is a sign of God’s judgment on their disobedience.
The chapter also shows us the power of repentance. When Rehoboam humbles himself before God and seeks His forgiveness, God responds by sending a prophet to tell Rehoboam that He will not destroy Judah, but will instead give them a reprieve. This is a powerful reminder that God is always willing to forgive and restore those who turn to Him in repentance.
Finally, the chapter also serves as a reminder of the importance of wise counsel. Rehoboam’s foolish decision to reject the advice of the elders and instead listen to the counsel of the young men had disastrous consequences. This serves as a warning to us to always seek wise counsel and to be careful not to be swayed by the opinions of those who may not have our best interests at heart.