1 Kings 11:2-3
Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go into them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
There are many lessons to be learned from this portion of scripture. However, I want to share with you all what God laid on my heart to share with you all.
First from 1 Kings 11:2, Solomon had clear instructions from God not to marry women from other nations, but he chose to disobey God’s command. God knows our strengths and weaknesses even though we may not fully understand them ourselves. God not only shows us, but teaches us for our own good. He also shows us that there are consequences for not following His word. As Christians we must not only listen to to His word, but to live and apply it to your life. If Solomon was the wisest man alive and he himself fell into temptation and disobeyed God’s word, we may not be as strong as we believe.
Secondly from 1 Kings 11:3, Solomon had a weak spot in his heart for lust and that is where the enemy struck. Marrying many foreign wives led Solomon into idolatry. This shows no matter how strong your faith is at first, your weakness is where temptation will usually strike. This is a perfect example why we should take time and effort into strengthening the areas in our lives that are the weakest. Those weak areas will tend to lead you astray from God’s will.
In the Marine Corps, we are always thought that “you are only as strong as your weakest link.” Knowing what yours is will help you grow not only as a person, but as a Christian. By knowing where in your life to protect yourself from the “evil one,” you will be able to stay strong when temptation lurks around you. I pray this lesson teaches you something that can help apply God’s word into your daily life. Please have a blessed day!