I was reading in Chronicles the other day as King David blessed God just before he died. Though his life was far from perfect, David’s heart continued to seek God through his ups and downs. His final request included “perfect wisdom” for his son Solomon. It almost makes me cry to think of the deep and dying hope of a father for his son that would not be realized. Solomon was a peacetime king, and his “makes sense” alliances would eventually eat his spiritual lunch.
From Solomon we see the trajectory of half-hearted devotion to God. While his father David made many mistakes, his heart always remained sensitive to his gracious God. Solomon dug a deep hole – one alliance at a time.
It is a faithful reminder to me to take care with my steps. Every choice has inevitable results. It is not so much that I want to make all the perfect choices or am afraid of wrong ones. I just want my heart to be with God every step possible. Selah!
Heart Time: What kinds of things make my heart divided?
Learning Focus: What kinds of alliances are harmful to people? To spiritual people?
Engage page #70: Solomon
Song link: All Your Heart
Where does Solomon fit into the Story?