Sun 13 Sep Solomon was known for his wisdom. When asked by God what he wanted to rule the kingdom with he knocked back riches and armies and asked for wisdom. His wisdom was known throughout the ancient world. His wisdom saved a baby’s life, but his wisdom could not save him from losing the kingdom his father David had built under God. How could one so wise get it so wrong?
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenged His followers with a simple statement, “where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” What affects our heart will also affect our ability to think clearly and act wisely. Where our heart is will influence our decision making. It is an understatement to say that Solomon loved many women. The women he loved introduced him to their gods.
Because Solomon loved these women, he wanted to please them. In pleasing them he worshipped their gods rather than the one true God – Yahweh. In pleasing them he no longer pleased God. He broke many of the commands God had given to them. Solomon broke the first commandment – “You shall have no other gods before me.” He broke the command about marrying women who did not worship Yahweh.
There is a lot to be said regarding Solomon’s wisdom and how he got it so wrong. However, where are our hearts at? Are we loving something in our heart that is clouding our thinking in regard to following Jesus?