Monday Motivator – May 6

What choices have you made that turned out to be foolish? Were the decisions even more costly because you refused to listen to a family member, friend, or colleague who sought to dissuade you from the course of action you were considering? Sin gets in when compromise begins.

Read 2 Chronicles 1:11-12.

Upon ascending to the throne of Israel after his father David’s death, Solomon was approached by God one night. God promised King Solomon whatever he asked, and Solomon asked for wisdom. Pleased with his request, God gave him what he asked for and much more. Solomon was blessed and did well for a long time. Yet he developed a reputation as a “wise fool” for the decisions he started to make. It is ironic that in spite of incredible wealth, wisdom, power, honor, and influence, Solomon became known (even today) for some really poor decisions.

Start with his propensity for women. Solomon turned out to be obsessed with having a lot of women – at one point he had 700 wives and 300 concubines (i.e., a woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife or wives). How anyone could assume to handle that many relationships, not to mention children, meal times, even vacation planning, is beyond me.

One of the consequences we learn about is the women had a variety of beliefs and practices. Since Solomon apparently avoided participating in any sort of get-ready-for-marriage preparation classes, he should not have been surprised that some of the women began to lead him to worship gods that were not the God of Israel.

The writer of 1 Kings 11:4-6 describes how some of the ladies suggested that Solomon join them in worshipping idols. Without some Scriptural anchors, Solomon’s heart was not fully devoted to the Lord. We read that Solomon was led astray later in life by some of the women closest to him who turned his heart away from the One True God. Solomon followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. Sadly, Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did not follow the Lord wholeheartedly.

The Lord had told the Israelites that they were not to marry with people from other nations, because they will surely turn their hearts after other gods (which are imposters and false). The third king of Israel, Solomon, did just that once he ignored the command of God.

Solomon’s compromise with sin brought him unhappiness, diluted his moral authority to lead, empowered his enemies, gave the devil a foothold of access in his own home and palace, and most of all, displeased the Lord. As an old man, Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 4:13 that, “Better a poor but wise youth than an old, foolish king who no longer knows how to take warning.”

I know collegians who claimed to Christ-followers, but ignored God’s warnings and suffered the disastrous results of sex before marriage, cheating on an exam, and downloading music without paying for it. The time-honored, God-inspired principle works: You reap what you sow.

Have you been compromising with sin? Listen and learn from Solomon that if you humble yourself, pray, turn from your wicked ways, and seek God, He will hear, forgive, and heal you. Learn to heed warnings from those closest to you. Live communally. Don’t be a fool.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

©2019 by Mike Olejarz

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