Today my bible in a year plan had me in 1 Kings 11 &12. It’s the end of King Solomon’s story and it was a bit of an eye opener. After having dedicated his life to God, after having asked for nothing but to be a wise king (and done a great job with God’s help)King Solomon, and building a glorious temple for God’s honour and glory, he goes and steps away from God. The beginning of chapter 11 states that King Solomon married many women and all from tribes that God had said not to as they would pull one towards worshipping their gods. This is exactly what happens, having ignored God’s direction Solomon marries them…
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. 5 Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 In this way, Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight; he refused to follow the Lord completely, as his father, David, had done.
I think that we can all take this as a warning for ourselves. We can’t become complacent about our relationship with God. It is so easy for us to be pulled away from Him with the distractions of this world. So easy to say that we’re tired and God understands, so easy to stop being disciplined in maintaining our relationship with God – we can’t just send a Facebook message saying we’re sorry we haven’t been in touch recently! The more we spend time on our relationship with God the more we will reflect Him in the life that we live.
Colossians 3:17 (NIV) 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
One of the constant hymns in my head is the old chorus – Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.
I think that King Solomon, took his eyes off God, the consequence of this is that his descendants lost most of Israel and the bit his descendants kept was not due to his work but the work of his father, King David. The consequence of us falling off the path, means the loss of knowing our assurance in God, the loss of knowing that God is with us at all times, a time when we will try to achieve and do all things in our own strength, a sense of emptiness and lack of fulfilment.
We will all go through times of difficulty and periods of walking our own path, let’s thank God for Jesus, our Saviour and Lord, who is our bridge back to walking in fullness with God. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Him:
Hebrew 12: 1b-2 And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.