Wrong choices and small compromises in Life…
God blessed King Solomon, King of Israel with wisdom, knowledge, riches and honour and there was nobody like him in the whole world in all those areas.(1 Kings.3:12,13) He made wrong choices or compromises in his life, which led to his destruction and the destruction of his generations. Because of that, Israel went through untold problems which we can read in the coming chapters of 1 & 2 Kings.
The first commandment which God gave to Israel was “You should have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3.
Even before giving a King to Israel, God gave clear instructions about Kings. “He must not take many wives or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.” Deuteronomy.17:17.
“You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” 1Kings.11:2. King Solomon knew all these but….
“King Solomon, however loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter- Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites.” 1 Kings.11:1.
“He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines and his wives led him astray“.(11:3)
“His wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God.”(11:4)
“…burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.”(11:8)
“So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord.”(11:9)
“The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord”(1 Kings.11:9) The God who blessed Solomon got very angry with him and punished him and his generations.
How is our life today? We don’t have many wives or husbands but Who are the people very close to us and influencing our life and the life of our children?
Are we making some wrong choices or compromises for the sake of money, name ,fame and pleasures?
What is the role for JESUS in our decision making?