When your feet enter the city, the child shall die. And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he is the only one of Jeroboam who shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something good toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.
It would seem from this short statement that this boy (whose name was Abijah) was the only one in Jeroboam’s family who actually loved the Lord. How did that happen? Was his mother or grandmother a believer who taught him to fear the Lord? The Bible doesn’t tell us, but it is encouraging to read. Despite the sins of his father, Abijah was loved by God.
Throughout the year, our church is involved with many children from homes like that. The parents are heavily involved in sinful problems and are unwilling to turn to God for the answers. But somehow, they still allow their children to attend the children’s programs our church offers. What an encouragement to know that God has drawn children from wicked homes to himself in the past. There is still hope that he will do it today.