Is there something in your life that leads you astray? Something that turns your heart away from the Lord?
For King Solomon that thing was women. (If you’re a man reading this, this is where you can insert a joke or a smart comment…lol).
Solomon took over as King of Israel after his father, David, passed away. When he had taken over, God asked Solomon what He should give to him. Solomon asked for one thing…wisdom. A pretty smart choice for a king. And God gave that to Solomon, as well as blessing him with many things. But, Solomon fell in love with having a lot of nice things, as well as having a lot of wives.
In 1 Kings 11:1-13, we read about Solomon’s love of women. As he grew older, he began acquiring more and more wives. The Bible says he had 700 wives and 300 concubines (verse 3). The bad thing about this, too, was that these women were not Israelite women. They were from foreign countries…countries that God specifically told the Israelites in Deuteronomy 7:1-6 that they should destroy completely and not intermarry with because this would turn their hearts away from the Lord.
And guess what?
That’s exactly what happened with Solomon.
Verse 4 says, “ 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.” Solomon decided to start worshiping the gods of his wives and turned away from worshiping the One and only true God.
It’s easy for us to say how crazy Solomon was for doing this. Didn’t he know better? Who would have that many wives? Why didn’t he listen to God? Why didn’t he remember what the Lord had said? We would never do something like that.
Yet we do this very same thing…every day.
We might not have 700 wives and 300 concubines, but we have things or people in our lives that turn our hearts away from the Lord. To figure out what those things are, you need to spend time in prayer. Ask God to reveal to you what those things or people are. When God reveals those to you, first of all repent. Ask God to forgive you for choosing to devote yourself to other things besides Him. Then make a conscience effort to turn away from those things and fully commit your heart to following God. Do your best to stay focused on the Lord.
Lent is coming soon (Ash Wednesday is February 14). This is a good time to make a sacrifice and give up those things, or you can even choose to add something that can help keep you devoted to God. If you want to start now you can do a fast. You can read about my experience when I did this a couple of years ago: Lessons from a 21-Day Fast.
Whatever you do, remember to turn away from your “700 wives and 300 concubines”….those things which pull you away from the Lord. Turn your heart to the Lord and focus on Him. God loves you so much and He desires a close relationship with you. He longs for you to seek Him daily and trust in Him. Remember His faithfulness to you and do your best to remain faithful to Him.