King Solomon, son of David, asked God for wisdom and his request was granted. Solomon became the wisest man to ever live on earth (except for Jesus of course). Solomon had the world by its tail, and he had it with God’s blessing (read 1 Kings 9:10-10:29). 1 Kings 11:1 caught my eye. “King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter – Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They’re from nations, which the Lord had told the Israelites, ‘You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.’ Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.” Notice this isn’t a passing fancy. Solomon’s holding fast. He’s well aware of his sin.
People came from the far reaches of the earth to get an audience with the King; to hear the wisdom God placed in Solomon. God had richly blessed Solomon. Yet, it appears Solomon’s not content with all God’s provided. The women whom Solomon’s holding “fast too” are from nations which the Israelites were clearly told not to marry. Why? Intermarrying people of other nations, with other beliefs, would turn their hearts towards their gods and away from the one true God. Not only would the marriages be intermixed but their beliefs would be to.
It saddens my heart when I read the story of Solomon. His father David had left him a great legacy of faith, and leadership. Solomon started out very well. He walked with God and built him a magnanimous temple. Solomon had many wonderful victories under his belt; all for God. And just when it seems he has everything he chooses to walk a very different path, leave it all behind, and go his own way. His wives from other nations and faiths lead him astray. “His heart’s no longer fully devoted to the Lord his God. He began to follow Ashtoreth the goddess of Sidonians, and Molech the detestable God of the Ammonites. Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely”. The outcome of Solomon’s actions brought about the consequences which God warned Solomon of in Chapter 9; “I will cut off Israel from the land. I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.”
All is not lost! King David, Solomon’s dad, had a heart for God and because of David’s relationship with God, all of Israel would not be cut off; one tribe would remain. I have shared many times my heart’s desire is to leave a legacy of faith which lives on long after I’ve taken residence in heaven. Clearly, David left such a legacy. If you know the story of David, you know, he was in no way perfect. He had a few flaws and he made several major mistakes in his lifetime. Yet, his faith and his heart for God were unshakable. David’s legacy is living on even though he has left earth many years before.
I wonder when God looks at my heart what he sees. Does he see a woman whose heart longs for him, whose deepest desire is to do only what he deems? Does he see a woman who sees the world through his eyes; a woman who is not so concerned with self, but others? Or, does he see a self-centered-it’s all about me woman? Does he see a woman who is more concerned with instant gratification who desires the gifts and pleasures of this world?
It isn’t about what we do as much as where our heart lays. Our actions often tell us with whom our heart is bonded. Does it lie with God or is our heart aligned with other things? Is God who we worship? Is God who we follow? Are we holding fast to worldly things, those things which God has said, “Stay away from”? Or does our heart long for God and all He wants and desires? We all sin and we are all disobedient in one way or another. God looks at our heart. I can’t help but wonder what He sees when He looks at mine?
My prayer and hope is God sees, “A woman after God’s own heart”. Acts 13:22
More to come, on a Heart for God.
Until next time
“As for you, if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.'”