Solomon allows his wealth and riches to lead him astray. He has become so renowned and respected that he loses all sense of wisdom in his personal dealing. Think of it: people came from all over the world to sit and listen to Solomon’s wisdom. He had God’s wisdom for all people but he did not use it for himself!
Solomon married 700 women and had 300 girlfriends. This is clearly not wisdom. Further, he allowed their gods to become his god! How could he turn away from Almighty God after everything God had done for him? God made him the wisest and wealthiest kings on earth! This is where David and Solomon were not alike. David never let his heart turn away from God!
When God chose David, He reminded Samuel that God only looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) The greatest work that God wants to do is in your heart! Let Him in and never allow anyone else to enter your heart or gain your loyalty. God made his expectations clear: He will not allow us to serve any other God but Him!
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Kings 12:20-13:34; Acts 9:26-43; Psalm 132:1-18; Proverbs 17:6