“He had it all!” For most people that’s an exaggeration; for King Solomon, it’s an understatement. When the queen of Sheba told Solomon that all of his wealth and wisdom far exceeded the reports she had heard, that is saying something. But…having everything you want is not always what you need.
Along the journey of amassing great wealth, Solomon accumulated a few wives—seven hundred to be exact. He added three hundred concubines to the mix just to make things interesting. And you think you have trouble remembering your spouse’s birthday! Some of the marriages were for political gain; others came from the desires of an undisciplined heart.
1 Kings 11:4
For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
I am pretty sure none of you reading this has seven hundred spouses, but do you have anything that turns your heart away from God? It doesn’t matter if it is one thing or many things. God does not entertain rivals—singular or plural. You are either fully devoted to him or you’re not.
- Ask God to examine your heart for rivals. Ask him to expose anything that stands between you and him.
- Ask God to guard the hearts of your children. Ask him to keep their hearts wholly true to him.
Father, please examine my heart and highlight anything that is causing divided allegiance. Then give me the courage to get rid of those things that stand between us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
And keep asking God to examine your heart throughout the day…
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