Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 9:10-11:13 / Acts 15:1-21 / Psalm 77:1-9
God blessed Solomon with overabundance! He received 25 tons of gold every year plus revenue from trades and gifts from kings. The shields he made were of pure gold; his ivory throne was overlain with gold and was encompassed by 12 lions. Solomon had an abundance of pure gold goblets, trading ships, exotic animals, chariots and horses. “Nothing was made of silver because silver was considered of little value in Solomon’s days.” (1 Kings 10:22)
He was respected and revered. All nations and kings came to visit and pay him homage. In fact, “King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.” (vs.23,24)
We would think that a secure, wealthy, successful and powerful life like Solomon’s would more than satisfy our lives. Yet, there was one particular thing that Solomon failed miserably in…he loved women! It says, “King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women…He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines and his wives led him astray.” (11:1,3) When he grew old, “his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God.” (vs.4)
Solomon had everything he needed in life “however” dismissed God’s command and his heart was led astray. Adam enjoyed the paradise of Eden “however” chose to rebel and lost relationship with God. There is a great danger in the “however”... those things of desire and want that lead us away from God and into sin. There will always be temptations and the allurement of sin. May we resist the “however” of life and stay true to the “forever”!