Friday, May 25

Don’t pull a Solomon

Scripture: 1 Kings 10-11, 2 Chronicles 9, Romans 6

1 Kings 11:1-3 King Solomon loved many foreign women … that the Lord had told the Israelites about, “Do not intermarry with them, and they must not intermarry with you, because they will turn you away from Me to their gods.”  Solomon was deeply attached to these women and loved them. 3 He had 700 wives who were princesses and 300 concubines,  and they turned his heart away from the Lord

Observation

The two previous chapters detail Solomon’s wealth, power, wisdom and success.  He had everything.  And then he turned away from God.  Solomon disobeyed God in a big way—1000 times over!  And his heart went away from the Lord.  The result: the kingdom was divided and never united again. Stunning!

Application

Success can be seductive.  It can lead you to think that you are beyond the rules, that you are smarter than everyone else.   I could fill this page with stories that I know about of successful people who wandered, strayed and fell.

I don’t want to be one of those stories.  I want to keep my focus on Jesus.  Stay pure, stay simple.  Don’t think I’m too smart or above the rules or beyond temptation.  Just do what Jesus says.  

Today, I’m taking a fresh look at each area of my life to make sure it is in line with Jesus, and that I’m not wandering away.  

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

 

Prayer: Lord, please show me anywhere that I’m pulling a Solomon!  I don’t want anything to take me away from sincere and pure devotion to Jesus.