Solomon is described in scripture as a man of great wisdom. Early in his role as King of Israel he encountered God in an amazing way, and God promised that if he would continue to faithfully serve him then he, and the nation, would be blessed for generations to come. It sounds like a sure formula for success in life and for the ability to establish a heritage for his children and his children’s children. Who wouldn’t rejoice over such promises? Who wouldn’t want to see our children be born into that kind of heritage? Yet we know that Solomon ultimately turned away from God, began to worship idols, and set his children, and the nation, up for the judgment of God to be poured out upon them. How could the wisest man in the land turn out to be so foolish? For me, it is a good reminder that being wise is still not a substitute for obedience. We can get the finest education, have a wonderful career, strive to establish a great family, but if we walk away from God we are setting ourselves and our children up for judgment.
Having an amazing encounter with God is not enough; we are called to walk in obedience to his will and purpose and to bring glory and honor to his name. Solomon ultimately failed the test of obedience. If he, in his great wisdom, couldn’t follow through is there hope for us. I say yes! I believe we can, if we will avoid the pitfalls that befell him. He allowed the influence of others to overcome the influence of God. Our hope is in God, and our strength is in the Godly relationships with others that build us up and challenge us to keep our eyes on God. So I choose to walk with God and with those who are also walking with him. You are welcome to join us for the adventure of a lifetime.
1 Kings 9:4-7 4 And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, 5 then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ 6 But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, 7 then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.