He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord. (2 Chronicles 12:14)
Accidents are what happen when the plans don’t go the way we expect. By definition, they are not deliberate – in fact, they go against our intentions. Accidents don’t happen very often, and we do our best to prevent them from happening at all.
Having said all of that, no one accidentally seeks God on any kind of regular basis. There are certain instances where a person may pursue knowledge and accidentally stumble upon an understanding of God, but a person never accidentally sets his heart on following God; that only happens because of a purposeful decision.
Perhaps King Rehoboam never purposefully set out to disobey the Lord, but he also never purposefully set his heart on seeking the Lord. Therefore, his life was marked by evil.
No one accidentally seeks God.
As you examine your own life, are you purposefully setting your heart on seeking the Lord? A relationship with Him does not happen by accident; it is purposeful. If you don’t set your heart on seeking Him, then you will, by default, pursue a path of evil desires that lure you further away from God. Seeking God doesn’t happen by accident; make sure you are purposeful in that pursuit, or you may end up somewhere you never intended on being.
Father, I want to be purposeful in my pursuit of following You. Let me set my heart on seeking You all of the days of my life, and keep me from being distracted by anything that might keep me from doing so. Please honor my efforts, and reveal Yourself to me.