Solomon had it all. People came from the ends of the earth to see his splendor and revel in his wisdom. His father David was a wartime king. He carefully handed over a kingdom that could be one of peace and building. And build he did! Solomon’s Temple, Solomon’s magnificent house, and the tribute wealth of all the nations of the earth. And much, much more! But even these could not cover for his divided heart. Lots of good words and good works – but weak within his core. And it eventually ate his lunch.
Take the time to review and ponder Solomon’s life story. It will set the stage for our consideration of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Songs.
I had an older friend who, when I asked for his advice, would look at me and say “I can tell you what NOT to do.” His perspective has served me well as I have pursued the heart of David, and dodged the sad result of his son Solomon’s heart choices. Saul: No Heart. David: Whole Heart. Solomon: Half-heart.
Peruse well, my meditating, intentional friend!