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Here’s what we can learn from the life of Solomon

We have been considering the life of King Solomon, the son of David. It would appear that he left his first love for the Lord, and chose to serve false Gods. I Kings 11:4-5 says, “For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other Gods. For Solomon went after Ashteroth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. Solomon broke the first and most important commandment, Deuteronomy 5:7.

I believe the success of Solomon also played a part in his apostasy. His great achievements and accomplishments seemed to take away his dependency on God. He became proud and began to think he was self-sufficient. We can see something similar in the life of King Uzziah. In II Chronicles 26:15, it says this about Uzziah; “So his fame spread far and wide for he was marvelously helped till he became strong.” The success and pride of King Uzziah went to his head, eventually God struck him with leprosy.

Another thing to consider is the fact that Solomon had no one to confront him and make him accountable. After he became king and killed all those who opposed him, he became complacent. There was no way to keep him balanced in thought and practice.

In Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, Solomon seems to make a confession; he admits that he tried all kinds of sensual pleasures (sex, alcohol, and some people think he was referring to drugs). “I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,” verse 10. He was a man of uncontrolled passion and desires; but nothing gave him true peace, happiness, and contentment. The sad part is that he had the authority and power to bring his sinful thoughts, dreams, and plans to fruition. Sometimes it even meant the abuse of others, see I Kings 12:10-11.

The need for accountability in the Christian life must never be over-looked. Humans have a great tendency to go from one extreme to another. The fellowship of the saints is a great way to stay in God’s Word and live a balanced life. Hebrews 10:25 says, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching.”

Horatio Spafford appeared to be a great man of faith. When he suffered the loss of his four daughters at sea, he wrote the famous hymn, “It is well with my soul.” That song has been a source of encouragement to thousands of Christians down through the years. Spafford and his family moved to Jerusalem and helped to start the American Colony.

With no one to keep him in check, he started to have high thoughts of himself; he began to think he was the messiah. Horatio and his wife Anna drifted from God into all kinds of wicked, evil practices; immorality being their primary downfall. Anna set herself up as a priestess or god that others could confess their sins to, (paraphrased). Reference, see Google, CPRC, Horatio Spafford, “Not well

with his soul.” If Horatio Spafford and King Solomon needed someone to be accountable to, how much more do we?

So what can we learn from the life of Solomon? There is a lot we can learn from the wisdom God gave him. The truth of Scripture, that he wrote and spoke about, will always remain; his apostasy will not destroy or annul eternal truth. We can also take his life as an example of how we should not be. Is it possible that he repented of his sin in his last days, on his death bed? We have no record of that happening, but it is a possibility.

Matthew 10:22 tells us, “But he that endures to the end will be saved.” It doesn’t matter how you and I started the Christian journey. The question is, will we complete it for the glory of God and for our own good?

Comments or questions, contact me at: thoughtsonword@gmail.com

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Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published three books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017 and “Common Thoughts on The Word II” in 2019. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book.

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