“All Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he alone of Jeroboam’s family will come to the grave, because in him something good was found toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.”
This verse comes directly after the king, Jeroboam, seeks a prophet to see if his CHILD will live.
“No,” the prophet says. “Your child will die.”
Because he was found to be good.
Yes, that is correct. Jeroboam was a bad dude. God had declared calamity on his entire house. He said, “Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city the dogs will eat. And he who dies in the field the birds of the heavens will eat.” 1 Kings 14:11
But the child? Some good was found in him, so God allowed him to die of a sickness, long before the prophecy came true for Jeroboam’s family.
Sometimes we feel like when bad things happen to us it is because we have done something wrong, and sometimes it is, but at other times, it might mean quite the opposite. Look at Isaiah 57:1:
“The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.”
Sometimes what we think is evil, is God sparing someone from evil.
If that child would have lived, he would have been influenced by a father that had no regard for the Lord. Would he have chosen the path of his father? Probably. And if he had lived, dogs or birds would have eaten him.
He was good, so he was spared that fate. He was spared from evil. I can’t say for certain, but I believe we will see that child in the Millennial Reign of Christ. There he will grow. There he will make the choice that was denied him here.
Trust God through the bad. No matter what. No matter if we don’t understand. He knows what He is doing.