King Solomon fell in love with many foreign women (besides Pharaoh’s daughter), including Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites. They came from nations about which the Lord had warned the Israelites, “You must not establish friendly relations with them! If you do, they will surely shift your allegiance to their gods.” But Solomon was irresistibly attracted to them.
1 Kings 11:1-2 NET
1 Kings 10 talks about Solomon’s wisdom. However, here, he makes some terrible mistakes.
Solomon let his flesh speak louder than the Word of God. He allowed his desires and fleshly appetites to dictate his decisions, when instead, he should have been following the Word of God.
The Word of God is clear. God warned what would happen if relations with foreign women weren’t avoided. And sure enough, even Solomon in all his wisdom wasn’t powerful enough to avoided their influence.
Solomon, who built God’s temple, also built places of worship for his foreign wives false gods. And God punished him for it.
God gave half of the kingdom to another person.
We think we are going to be different. We think we are going to be stronger. We think we will be wiser and handle it, but we don’t. We get ourselves in trouble when we don’t obey God’s Word! It is plain and simple!
Surround yourself with the things of God. Pray for a discerning spirit. Stay in close Christian fellowship with others who will encourage you and point out areas that might not fall in line with Scripture. Seek to be obedient!
Don’t short circuit your walk with God because you chose to let your fleshly desires cause you to be disobedient to God’s Word!
Father, give me the desire to walk boldly in Your Word and by the Holy Spirit. Help me to value Your relationship more than anything else in this world.