Solomon was a wise guy in many respects, but he blew it in his old age. 1 Kings 11:1 says it all: “Now King Solomon loved many foreign women.” Now, that might not have been a big deal had it not been forbidden by God. But he ran into trouble because God had clearly warned against intermarriage.
Verses 3,4 say, “He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. And sure enough, they led his heart away from the LORD. In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship their gods instead of trusting only in the LORD his God, as his father, David, had done…Thus, Solomon did what was evil in the LORD’s sight; he refused to follow the LORD completely, as his father, David, had done.”
Solomon’s heart, once tuned-in to God, was now tuned out. No longer able to enjoy sweet fellowship, discern His voice, and sense His nudges. Why? Because he disobeyed God and pursued his own desires. He disregarded God’s instruction and chose to do his own thing.
This story carries a good warning for us. Solomon was swept away by his own desires and his heart was turned to worship false gods even though he’d known better all his life. The same can happen to us unless we’re on our guard.
Here’s a prayer in that regard: “Father, keep our hearts in tune with Yours. Keep our hearts steadfast, trusting only in You rather than in false and empty gods. Help us follow You completely. Amen.”
And here’s a question to ask ourselves: Am I being drawn to worship false gods? If so, what are they? What changes must I make to remain true to God alone?