Saturday, May 25

No Compromise

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

1 Kings 11:9–10 The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command.

Observation

The contrast from 1 Kings 10 to 1 Kings 11 is startling.  The first chapter spells out Solomon’s success and wealth and wisdom; the second chapter abruptly describes his downfall.  

Solomon ignored the Lord’s command to marry a believer, someone who shared his faith in God.  Instead he married many foreign women who brought their idols with them.  He had 700 wives and 300 concubines, and “his wives turned his heart away.”  They led him into idolatry, and he began to worship other gods.  

One compromise led to another until he was no longer following the Lord.  This resulted in God’s judgment: the kingdom would be torn from his son.  So Solomon’s sins didn’t affect just him; they affected his son and successor, his whole family and the whole nation.

Solomon had a relationship with God.  God had appeared to him on two separate occasions.  But in spite of this, Solomon ended up far from God, worshipping idols.  

From the heights of success to the depths of degrading failure—all because of one weakness, one compromise that led to another.

Application

1 Corinthians 10:11 says, “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”

The warning is simple and clear: don’t compromise.  Don’t think that you are so strong, so successful or wise that you can afford just this once to disobey God.  Make your relationship with God your highest priority and don’t let anything else erode that. 

Where are you compromising or thinking of compromising?  Don’t do it!  Let Solomon’s example be a clear warning to you.

Prayer: Lord, please show me any place where I’m compromising or in danger of compromising, any place where my relationship with You could be weakened or jeopardized.