Read: 1 Kings 10:1 – 11:13
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. 1 Kings 11:4
I’m sure Solomon never intended to be led astray. You’d think with all that excessive wealth at his fingertips that he would have gone off the deep end long before he made the mistake of marrying 700 wives. But chapter 10 doesn’t mention anything about Solomon’s wealth (or what he did with it) being displeasing to God.
But as we move to chapter 11, we read that Solomon did, indeed, displease God. So much so that God said to him, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.” How did it come to this?
We read in the beginning of chapter 11 that when Solomon took all these foreign women as wives, he was blatantly disobeying God. Solomon began to worship their gods, knowing all the while that what he was doing was forbidden and would hurt his relationship with God. He replaced his relationship with God with the more immediate gratification of the relationships with his wives – seeking to please them over the Lord.
Solomon was led astray by those he gave his heart to – those he invited into his life, those he allowed to have influence in his life.
I may not be able to relate to Solomon’s wealth, but I sure can relate to his wandering heart. How many times have I allowed my need for someone’s approval to lead me astray? Yikes!
This is always going to be a struggle. We all live our lives in relationships with people – some who influence us for good and some, well, not so much. You may have already pinpointed the people who have tended to “lead you astray” in the past – and you make a real effort to avoid interacting with them because you’ve decided that your relationship with your Savior is way more important than pleasing them.
The bottom line is we have a forgiving and merciful God who loves us and knows all about our wandering hearts. His arms are open to us when we realize our foolishness and come back to Him in repentance. But there are always consequences. We’ll read, in the coming days, about the consequences Solomon – and generations after him – lived with.
What about the people in your (my) life – the people that influence you (me)? Are they drawing you closer to God or leading you astray? If a relationship is leading you astray, it’s time to draw a line in the sand. Your relationship with God is way too important. Make the choice today – He will be first.
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” Psalm 73:25
Heavenly Father, let me, with the Psalmist, say – whom have I in heaven but you and what more could I want here on earth. Thank you, Lord, for loving me so much. Thank you for the cross. I am yours. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.