In this passage, we see yet another evil king in the history of the northern kingdom, Jeroboam II. His life is very unique among the kings listed, in that God helped him despite the fact that he was an evil king.
As far as we can see, there is no sign that Jeroboam ever sought God. Yet from a worldly point of view, he was very successful. He reigned for 41 years, which was the longest reign of any king in the northern kingdom’s history. He also restored the boundaries of Israel during his time.
But the Bible makes clear that this was in spite of Jeroboam’s unfaithfulness to God. It says,
The Lord had seen how bitterly everyone in Israel, whether slave or free, was suffering; there was no one to help them. And since the Lord had not said he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Jehoash. (26-27)
In other words, God is faithful to his word, even when we are unfaithful to him.
That said, we need to understand that just because things are going well in our lives doesn’t mean our lives are right with God. Jeroboam was blessed in spite of himself. But you can be sure that when he faced God after his death, there was no blessing for him, only judgment.
And so even when we are blessed, we need to search our hearts and ask, “Is God blessing us because we are following after him? Or he is blessing us in spite of ourselves?”
On the other hand, when we are feeling down because of our sin, and we’re feeling like God could never use us or forgive us, we need to remember that God is faithful. He will forgive us and restore us if we repent. Though we are unfaithful, he remains faithful to us. (I John 1:9).
As Paul wrote,
If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. (II Timothy 2:13)