Daily Reading：1 Kings 11-12
1 Kings 11:6 So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and did not wholly follow the LORD, as David his father had done.
1. What do you think was the first step Soloman took that led him to marry so many foreign women and ultimately turning from God?
2.Why do you think Rehaboam rejected the advice of the old wise men, and took the advice of the young men that grew up with him?
The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Although Soloman did not plan to break this commandment of the LORD, he spent time with them and broke many boundaries which quickly led him to indulge in sin. Our fleshly passions often insist on not obeying the Word of God. Oh how deceitful, sticky, and nasty sin is. Sin will always take us further than we want to go, and cost us more than we ever want to pay.
God please forgive me for refusing to follow you completely as Soloman did. My flesh loves many gods of this culture and I many times trust them more than you. Please forgive me for pursuing comfort & pleasure rather than holiness & truth. If Solomen was a sinful man, I am far worse off. Please forgive me for thinking his sins are worse than the horrific sins of my generation and culture. I am no better than him, and yet your precious blood washes me clean.
If I could ask Soloman, the wisest man of all time one question, it would be this. “Was all those foreign women worth it?” I am willing to bet he would say no. Is my sin worth it? I bet he would say the same words of Paul “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” -Philippians 3:8
The LORD still see David as a great example even though he also committed adultery, and murder. What is the difference between David and Soloman? David repented. No matter how far we run or how filthy our sins, God will alway forgive us if we have a sincere and truly repentant heart.
Rehaboam rejected the advice of the old wise men of God and listened to the foolish advice of his friends. God please never let me reject the wise advice of goldy men in my life. Let the godly strike me! It will be a kindness! If they correct me, it is soothing medicine.
Jerabam tells the people that it is too inconvenient for them to go to Jerusalem to worship the LORD. So he starts his own devilish religion to please the people and meet their needs. Worshiping the LORD will never be convenient for us. As soon as we stop reading our bible, sharing our faith daily, or any other good thing of God because it is not convenient for us, we know our hearts are growing colder and further from God than we think. Seeking shortcuts in our relationship with God leads to great sins. God does not call us to the broad road that leads to destruction, but the narrow gate.
Dear God, please forgive me for not worshiping you completely. Please not let me reject the godly advice of the wise men in my life. Please help me to humble myself to do what you have asked of me. Please forgive me for all the times I have stopped specific spiritual activities because it was not convenient for me. I know that following you will cost me a lot; please help me to obey you to the smallest details. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!