The king did not listen to the people, because the turn of events came from the Lord to carry out His word, which the Lord had spoken through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam son of Nebat (CSB) I Kings 12:15
The people had a reasonable request that the king would have been smart to grant. But the king did not listen to the people – not because of his pride, arrogance or stubbornness (although he was all of those). The king didn’t listen to the people because his peers told him not to (although they did). The king didn’t listen to the people because of Satan’s work. The reason the king didn’t listen to the people was because the turn of events came from God to carry out His word. God had told Solomon he would lose the kingdom for deserting his God. God had told Jeroboam he would gain what Solomon had lost. So the turn of events was already mapped out and Rehoboam’s not listening to the people was the hinge pin setting everything in motion and into place.
When those we love fail to take our advice, we should pause to consider that perhaps it’s because a turn of events has been planned by the Lord. When we find ourselves in a jam because we ignored the advice of others, we should be very careful about berating ourselves. We should acknowledge and repent of our pride, arrogance and stubbornness, and then we should watch for the turn of events the Lord will bring about to carry out His word.
“All things work together for the good of those who love Me and are called according to My purposes.” Romans 8:28