There is a huge amount that can be learned from the wisdom of Solomon.
My post, Put The Weight Down!, looked at how we need to lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily besets us (Hebrews 12:1). In this post I want to continue that theme by seeing what we can learn from the life of King Solomon. There is a huge amount that can be learned from the wisdom of Solomon – just take a look in the book of Proverbs – but we can also learn from Solomon’s mistakes.
Solomon had been given more wisdom than any other man and yet he still made mistake, after mistake.
1 Kings chapters 4-10 tell the account of how God blessed the reign of King Solomon. They tell of how Solomon built the temple and then his own house, sparing no expense on either. They tell of the overabundance of riches and wisdom that God blessed Solomon with. However, chapter 11 does not paint such a rosy picture. It begins with the ominous word “But…..“. Solomon had been given more wisdom than any other man and yet he still made mistake, after mistake, after mistake that affected the rest of his life. So what were Solomon’s mistakes? Too many marriages – hundreds and hundreds of them, and it would appear that they were all to the wrong type of person. That even the wise King Solomon could fall into these traps, show that all of us need to be watchful against the wiles of the devil – for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Solomon knew exactly what a good, loving, relationship looked like.
1 Kings 11 lets us know that King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines, an almost unfathomable number. Solomon knew exactly what a good, loving, relationship looked like – he did after all, write Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon). But it is hard to imagine that he could have had a meaningful relationship with any of the women. It wasn’t just the huge number of wives and concubines either (although that must have rendered impossible any real husband / wife relationship), the even bigger mistake was that all of these women were from countries that God specifically warned against intermarrying with:
“King Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh’s daughter. He loved Hittite women and women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Sidon. They came from the nations about which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “Never intermarry with them. They will surely tempt you to follow their gods.” But Solomon was obsessed with their love.” (1 Kings 11:1-2, God’s Word translation)
It is a case of laying down every weight and the sin that so easily besets us.
I know that you are not going to make the exact same mistake as Solomon – having even two wives is illegal in most Western countries (at the time of writing anyway) and for Christians, one husband / one wife is the only acceptable form of marriage. But we can learn from what is revealed in 1 kings 11:3, “His wives caused him to turn away from God” (New Century Version). That is the mistake that we need to avoid – having things in our lives that will turn us away from God (and no I’m not talking about wives or husbands here). It is a case of laying down every weight and the sin that so easily besets us, which means allowing God to remove the things from our lives that are holding us back. Don’t worry, whatever God shows you to remove, He intends to replace with something far better.
If riches have replaced God in your priorities, the sorrow will be very present.
It would seem that Solomon forgot the warning which God gave in Deuteronomy 8:18, “Remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the power to become rich” (Good News Translation). This is something which we must never forget, whether we are rich at the moment or not. If you are not yet rich, it is God – not your own effort, not luck, not some get rich quick scheme – that will give you the power to become rich. If you are already wealthy, never forget that it was God that got you there, never take your eyes off of Him. Because as Solomon himself said in Proverbs 10:22, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it“. But if riches have replaced God in your priorities, the sorrow will be very present. That is why Jesus told the rich young ruler in Mark 10 to sell everything he had and give to the poor.
The key is to believe that what the Bible says is true and then act like it’s true.
We need to wise up and realise that the devil does not care about whether we do good things or bad things. What he wants is for us to be distracted, whether it be by ‘the things of this world’ or by sins that we should be overcoming, rather than being overcome by them. The Bible says that we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), it says that sin shall not have dominion over us (Romans 6:14). These statements might not seem to be true, but it’s the Word of God! Are you really going to tell me that it’s not true? The key is to believe that what the Bible says is true and then act like it’s true. Proverbs 12:6 says, “The mouth of the upright shall deliver them“. There is power in our words – especially when we are speaking the words that God has already spoken and coming into agreement with Him. Put those two verses together and make a confession out of them: “I am more than a conqueror, sin will not have dominion me“. I do not mean to merely say it once, you need to meditate on these verses, say them over and over to yourself, until they become ingrained in your thinking. Because you really are more than a conqueror.
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