After Solomon’s reign his son Rehoboam becomes king. But it was during his reign that the nation of Israel was split in two. Rehoboam (south, otherwise known as Judah) and Jeroboam (north, otherwise known as Israel).
Application: Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, did not exercise the wisdom that his father exercised in at least two ways. First, when he became king he did not seek counsel from the Lord – unlike his father did shortly after he became king. Second, the counsel that belonged to men of experience, counsel that he sought, he also rejected. Not seeking counsel from the Lord (a rejection of sorts) and not following the counsel of experienced men brought Israel a rip that was not healed the remainder of her physical existence. One can say that the nation’s split was of the Lord, but look at the contribution Rehoboam made. Look at how it came about, and note that Rehoboam’s influence was the latter years of Solomon’s life when Solomon had his own struggles with the Lord.