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 is writing to people who have returned from the Babylonian exile. He recalls Israel’s past history, and includes this “turn of events,” which led to the kingdom being divided. He draws this incident to his readers’ attention and points out that God was still orchestrating his purposes, even in the midst of apparent contradictions.

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. God is still sovereign in the midst of unexpected happenings.

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 reminds his readers of how God has worked in the past to bring hope. He draws their attention to his messages he has given them in the past. He chooses incidents which show that God will continue to work with his people despite their foibles and failings. He encourages them to be faithful to God, even when events don’t turn out as they expect.

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