Solomon Turns From God
Read: 1 Kings 11
Many of you know about David and how he was a great king. Yes he did sin against God a few times, but what human hasn’t? He was great because he trusted in God time after time, admitted his mistakes when he made them, and chased after God’s heart all while leading Israel the way God had commanded him too. That is a little information about David’s life, but what about Solomon, his son?
Solomon was already going to have a major role in something important, even before he was born. David wanted to build God’s temple, but God had other plans. God told David that he was going to use Solomon to build his temple. Now this wasn’t just an ordinary temple… this was where God’s presence was going to be! And sure enough, four years into Solomon’s reign as King, he started building the temple just as God had planned. He was a great King just as his father was, but had his downfall, just like his father did. Just like the old saying goes, like father like son.
You learned a few days before that Solomon was granted “one wish” for anything he wanted. He asked for wisdom and a discerning heart, something not everyone would have answered with. God was pleased with his response and granted him his request and much more. As we read through the first part of 1 Kings 11, we discover Solomon didn’t use that wisdom as he went against God’s command. God told the people they were to NOT intermarry with women of other nations because they would turn the Israelites away from God. So what did Solomon do? He married a whopping 700 of them. Honestly, not sure how Solomon was even able to remember the names of all his wives.
In verse 4 we read, “As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.” God warned his people that the women would change their hearts and what it was set on. Solomon fell into their trap and began worshipping their gods, and in doing this, losing his devotion to the one and only true God.
The temptations of this world can be really strong. Solomon is a prime example because he was so devoted to God and even had an immense amount of wisdom, yet he still lost the fight against temptation. And sin not only dishonors God, it has consequences. Every time we sin, we hinder our progress of getting closer to God. If you want to pursue God more and more each day, but continue to go back to ”that” sin, check this verse out. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
When we are tempted in any way, God explains that it’s not too much for us to handle. In theory, we should be able to have victory over temptation every single time because not one of them is too much for us to handle. Sadly, we are weak and fail many times. The second part of that verse explains there is hope. It says God provides a way out! So when tempted, look for the way out and take it right away, no hesitation! Then you might not end up with 700 wives.