Read 1 Chronicles 3
Focus on verses 10-14
There are sixteen generations of Judean kings from Rehoboam. Of these sixteen kings there are only two of whom it is said, “they did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”. If this is an accurate sample of the inclination of mankind’s heart toward God, it strongly supports the prophet Jeremiah’ s assessment of humanity in Jeremiah 17:9. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
There is only one cure that I know of for this sickness of heart that causes us to rebel against God. It can be found only through establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship is established by when we admit that we have been rebellious and choose to allow the Lord to renew our heart. When we allow the Lord to do this in us He reboots our heart and mind and we find our behavior begins to change as we no longer default to rebellious behavior but begin to hear and respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit who takes up residence within us. The evidence of this change of heart is that our life begins to bear the fruit listed in Galatians 5:22. Like any fruit tree we still need some maintenance and regular pruning, but we should see things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control begin to form as the Lord heals our broken heart and renews our mind.