1 Kings 11:9, 14 NIV 2011
The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.
Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary, Hadad the Edomite, from the royal line of Edom.
The once great united kingdom of God’s people was hurling toward its demise. God chose Solomon to fulfill the completion of His Temple. God gave him much more than his father David and yet in the end Solomon still made worldly choices. 1 Kings 11:3, “He had seven hundred wives…and his wives led him astray.” God spoke personally with Solomon two times; at Gibeon (1 Kings 3:4) and after he finished building the temple (1 Kings 9:1). Solomon’s disobedient behavior caused division and destruction to the Promised Land. Sin’s consequences prove God is faithful to His people and His promises.
“What in the world was I thinking?” I understand that question possibly began when Solomon did not finish well for the Lord. In our group discussion last night we talked about God speaking to Solomon twice and were amazed at how his life ended. Then some shared similar stories. It has been my daily prayer to “finish well.” Jesus’ words spoken in the parable of the bags of gold would sound awesome. Matthew 25:21b, “You have been faithful with a few things.” God’s faithful; I must confess and turn from sin.
What clouds our view of God’s faithfulness?