So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite. 2 Chronicles 10:15

The chronicler wrote to people who had returned from the Babylonian exile. He recalled Israel’s history and included this “turn of events,” which led to the kingdom being divided. From his readers’ perspective, the division of the kingdom seemed to conflict with God’s intentions. Yet it had been foretold and God allowed it to take place. He was orchestrating his purposes. Even amid apparent contradictions, God was still sovereign.

Likewise, the exile was seen as contrary to God’s intentions. Although God had sent his prophets, they were largely ignored. The Israelites thought that God would never uproot his people from the land he purposefully arranged for them to possess. So when it happened they were devastated and felt abandoned by God.

The chronicler reminded his readers of how God worked in the past to bring hope. He drew their attention to the messages God had given them in the past. He chose incidents which showed that God continued to work with his people despite their foibles and failings. He encouraged them to be faithful to God, even when events didn’t turn out as they expected.

For us today, we have God’s word full of stories which remind us of how God has worked in the past, even when his people failed significantly, which gives us hope for the future. God will use unexpected “turn of events” to speak to us, to teach us, and to grow us.