There was a split in the kingdom of Israel. After Solomon died, Jeroboam split the northern tribes from the south. While Jeroboam may have had a mandate from God to divide the country, he didn’t have a mandate from God to lead the northern tribes into idolatry. He set up golden calves and closer worship sites. Jeroboam was concerned that if his people went to the yearly feasts held down south in Jerusalem, the people’s hearts would be drawn back to the south. So, he set up an easy religion that veered off the truth. When the real believers saw what Jeroboam was doing, they decided to pull up roots and move to Jerusalem.
Believers need to seek God. Believers need to be taught of God. Believers need connection with other believers.
Today there are many things that distract us from what is necessary. Some are tempted to sleep in. Others are distracted by ballgames. Others sacrifice going to a good Bible teaching church and settle for something that might not be right, but it’s easy.
Do what is most important. Go to church. Worship. Be fed. Connect with other believers. Seek God. It’s what believers do.