Thursday: February 13, 2019
1 Kings 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
King Solomon appears to drift away from the Lord in his old age and only one reason is attributed ‘his wives turned his heart away’. Let’s take a step back for a moment: currently, the only man touted to have the most wives has 39, and boasts as head of a family numbering over 180. However, his entire family size pales in comparison to the number of wives King Solomon had: 700 plus 300 concubines.
He would therefore have attempted to please all his wives hence, his decision to build temples for their gods and join them in worship every now and then. It isn’t that he had abandoned God entirely, he was just not ‘wholly dedicated to Him’. I’m not sure if you noticed the intent behind the word ‘just’ – it was to provide an excuse and justification for Solomon’s actions because at least, he kept some connection to God – part of his heart was still his.
But if there is one thing God despises, it is an individual who is unsure and unclear of where they stand with Him. So, as revealed to John in Revelations 3:15-16: “I know all the things you do and you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth. My dear, God is not interested in half baked, part- committed or lip-service. His jealousy makes him always prefer all of us and not part.
We often sing and say ‘my heart belongs to you’, but how much of it are we really referring to? Some of it or All of it?