Summer with Kings: Solomon 6 points

Solomon (Hebrew: המֹלֹשְׁ‬ =  Shlomah – peace

After the reign of David, his son Solomon began his rule. Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba, yes the adulterous relationship’s outcome was to be the King builds God’s house. As we consider this impact a couple thoughts come to mind. What we intend for bad the Lord often times intends for Good. (Romans 8:28) Secondly, even when we make mistakes God will always be glorified in the end.

When it comes to the story of Solomon there’s 6 points that I’ve “hung my hat on.”

First, when we seek God with all of our heart, He will be found (1 Kings 3:3-7). (Jer. 29:13, Prov. 3:5-6) Solomon, was wise in realizing that if he was to be a successful King he must seek the Lord for guidance. For you and I we may not become leaders of a nation, but we will always need guidance. Seek the Lord. We say the verse “trust in the Lord…and He will guide your path,” but we don’t truly live it. I know as an American I struggle to guide myself, my way. Reality, all those who preceded me successfully in history were always dedicated to the Lord guiding their steps.

Correlating directly to seeking the Lord Solomon had success because he Honored the Lord. Those who honor God will be honored by Him (1 Kings 3:11-13; 1 Samuel 2:30). This is not like a professional baseball player blowing a kiss toward the sky if they hit a homerun, this is true genuine lifestyle of acknowledging that everything we have, everything we’ve done or will do is because of the Lord. The few pastors that I truly “admire” I admire for two reasons, 1. Their preaching 2. Their honor of the Lord in everything.  Thirdly, As we continue to honor the Lord and move into whatever role  God will equip us to accomplish the tasks He calls us to if we will rely on Him (1 Kings 3; Romans 12:3-8; 2 Peter 1:3-11; Eph. 4).

Many think that Solomon “held it together for the entirety of his reign.” Truth be told he didn’t. Which leads to point four, the spiritual life is a marathon, not a sprint. A good start is not always enough to finish well (1 Kings 3, 11, Hebrews 12:1) Solomon didn’t finish well for several reasons, but toward the end he makes a great choice. He asks the Lord to re-incline his heart toward the Lord. We too can sincerely ask God to incline our hearts toward Him (1 Kings 8:57-58) (Psalm 119) Why is it important for us to incline our hearts? - Because There’s always people swaying us – (Mat. 7:15, Mat. 24) Solomon’s desire for women led to his fall. He married non-Jewish women for numerous reasons that I’ll cover in another post, (1 Kings 11:1-13). We must always remember those closest to us will affect our spiritual lives (Exodus 34:16; 1 Kings 11:1-8; Daniel 1, 3; 1 Corinthians 15:33), and we must therefore be very careful of the company we keep.

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