1 Kings 4:29 God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore.
1 Kings 4:30 In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.
1 Kings 11:1 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites.
1 Kings 11:2 The LORD had clearly instructed the people of Israel, ‘You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.’ Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway.
1 Kings 11:4 In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the LORD his God, as his father, David, had been.
This is one of the saddest portions of scriptures to me. Solomon was established on the throne of his father, visited by God and given great wisdom. He wrote 3000 proverbs and over 1000 songs. But he could not control his passions. He allowed strange women into his life who turned his heart from the living God.
I have to take a look in the mirror and ask myself where is my heart? What are the things that I love and do they draw me to away from Christ or to him?
David, at the end of 2 Samuel built an altar for a burnt offering; repenting for numbering the people. David had sinned but he had repentance towards God and he was called a man after God’s heart.
Solomon’s “heart was turned (1 Kings 11:9) from the Lord God of Israel who had appeared to him.” And his kingdom was taken from his son.
It surprises me on easily I can love the things that displease God and ignore him pleas to repent and turn my back on him. Can’t we all? I can be so passionate for Christ one minute and lukewarm the next. I’m so grateful for Jesus. He has given me a new heart, “I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3
Whatever your enemy may be, whatever, whoever has stolen your heart from God, he will deliver you and
And set your feet upon the rock of Jesus. Let’s Build an altar and sacrifice those passions upon the altar.
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. (Galatians 5:24 NLT)