Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 11:1-43; 2 Chronicles 9:29-31; Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, ‘You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.’ Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord. —1 Kings 11:1-3
Have you ever insisted and persisted to do something “anyway” when you knew that You were going against your conscience, the law, your parents, your supervisor or your God?
How did that work for you?
Probably about as good as it did for Solomon…
The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the Lord’s command. So now the Lord said to him, “Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my decrees, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants. –1 Kings 11:9-11
- God chose Solomon to be the king
- God was so impressed with Solomon that he offered to give him anything he asked for
- Solomon asked for wisdom and God gave it to him, plus riches, and so much more
- Solomon did amazing things: Built a beautiful temple for the Lord, built a gorgeous home for himself, rebuilt the city of his father, ruled justly, wrote all the amazing Proverbs that are still guiding us today
- Solomon worked very, very hard
- But, then Solomon forgot where his wisdom and riches came from
- He began to believe his own press and decided to go against the will of God
- He thought he was above it all
- He thought he needed to experience it all…so he did
The great thing for us is Solomon did it all and told us what he learned from the thrill of going directly against the will of the Living God…
“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”
What do people get for all their hard work under the sun?
Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea.
Everything is wearisome beyond description.
No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. —Ecclesiastes 1:2-9
I wonder how many of you feel this way today? Never satisfied.
There’s only one thing that can truly satisfy–filling that place in the deep, quiet, depths of our soul with a relationship with the One, True, God. Not just a head knowledge of God, not just a “Santa Claus” mentality of God, but knowing we have a Friend, Savior, King, and Trusted Advisor who knows what’s best for us…
Then, life is never meaningless. It’s an adventure, a wild ride, a well-thought out plan with the perfect destination!
Heavenly Father, forgive us for wanting to go our own way. Forgive us for never being satisfied. Call us out to be different.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-6:12