More Than Bread Devotional for 3/15/12

And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice 10 and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the Lord commanded. 11 Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant. 12 Yet for the sake of David your father I will not do it in your days, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen.”  – 1 Kings 11:9-13

A divided heart led to a divided kingdom.  It is sad to note what happened to Solomon.  The fact that it happened despite all that God had done for him makes it even more tragic.  God had personally appeared to Solomon twice and had specifically warned him about the very things that led to this tragic judgment.  It didn’t matter.  Even with personal warnings from God Almighty, the wisest man who ever lived still acted foolishly and it cost him and his descendants and the nation of Israel as a whole.  There is a large difference between knowing and doing; and if we think that God has changed His perspective on the matter, we are missing the point of the entire scope of Scripture.  Listen to the voice of wisdom and learn from its teaching.


About jeofurry

Husband, father, pastor, musician and who knows what else. Just living to love the Lord will all my heart, soul and might.
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