He was one of the wisest men who ever lived. He had a father who was not perfect, but had an incredible walk with the Lord. He authored three books of the Bible.
He was on a roll in most areas,until chapter 11.
In the first few verses we see it all come unraveled and slide toward political and personal disaster.
I Kings 11:1 begins: "Now King Solomon loved many foreign women." One thousand to be exact! Are you kidding me? Seriously, one thousand wives, princesses and concubines. Some would say it was the cultural norm in those days for kings to have many wives. Maybe it was but, still, one thousand?!
My mind is still reeling from the practical, spiritual, physical and emotional implications of one being husband to thousand women. These women turned his heart from the Lord toward other gods; and, we are told in verse 9 of I Kings 11, that the Lord was angry with Solomon.
The wisest man (Solomon), the strongest man (Samson) and the man after God's own heart (David) all succumbed to sexual sin and paid dearly for it.
I was moved to simply pray for God's grace to be faithful to, and love, the one woman (Susan, my wife of 47 years) God put in my life.
Malachi 2:15b speaks to my heart: "...so guard yourself in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth." (“wife”—singular!)
Through the years, the number of leaders missing out on God's best because of sexual sin is unbelievably high. By God's grace, I don't want to be one of them. I don't think you do either.
Who is watching out for you and me, and asking the tough questions?
Are you skating on thin ice at the moment?
Are there things you are watching, things you are reading, things you are doing that need to be confessed and repented of?