It is hard to believe that a man like Solomon, who was blessed to have so much wisdom from God, because of how he sought the Lord and His goodness, could drift away from God’s path and go into the path of idolatry. For in his early years it is recorded that 1“Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father.” (1 Kings 3:3) It also talks about all the many things for the building of the house of the Lord. However, the inevitable happened and as he became more and more popular, he decided that he could do what he wanted. So what was it that caused him to go against the one true God and to go after other gods? It was his love for women. You see, he thought he was justified in his many wives, or in other words, his life of polygamy, which recked him. We can learn a lot from what happened to him, when people get deep into sexual sin, like pornography, fornication, adultery, like he did. It is recorded that 3“king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.” (1 Kings 11:1-6)
Wow, did Solomon not pay attention to God, when he said, 2“and if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments: Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel. But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people.” (1 Kings 9:4-7) And so we learn that he decided that he would rather be fulfilled sexually by these strange women than to continue to listen to God. Therefore, 3“the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded. Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.” (1 Kings 11:9-11) And what is sad, is that this chapter ends with him dying and not showing any signs that he repented of his evil deeds. Therefore, God only knows if Solomon did repent and is saved, or if he did not and is now suffering in hell right now. As for you, don’t go astray, but continue to live for God. And if you have already, come back now, before it is too late.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people in the faith will stay on course. That they do not go astray because of the love of fame, fortune, women, drugs, and the pleasures of this world. Surely, there are so many things now in this world that can easily take a person of faith and point them on the path of destruction. This is what frightens me. Nowadays, it is hard to distinguish who is for you or against you while people are at church, but after they leave those walls, their colors do shine forth. Because people then treat you and act much differently, we can see them for who they really are. And what is sad, God, is that these same people who will listen to a sermon in church will not listen to a preacher or evangelist on the streets. That what we have to say is not meaningful, and some of them even ridicule people like me and others who go out and preach the gospel to the lost. Lord, if people were really for Your kingdom, then they would not be scoffing or thinking bad thoughts as they walk past us, but be motivated to also go on the streets and talk to people. They would also want to shine their light for You and no longer allow it to go dormant. So many people in this world could be used by You if they would just let You move in their lives. They would also see that a life of sexual sin is not worth giving up our salvation for, once they are serving You. That it is not worth looking at pornography, having sex before marriage, committing adultery, and becoming a homosexual. These things will destroy people if they do not come to You in full repentance. Surely, people can sway us to do many things that are abominable and very wicked in Your sight. I know this to be true, for I was once wrapped up in a life of sexual sin. Thank God that I cried out to You when I did in prayer, for Your mercy was for me at that moment and now. I had no power to overcome my sins, but You gave me the strength to do so. I love You, Lord. Your mercy does endure forever. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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