Too many wives!

1 Kings 11:1-3 King Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh’s daughter: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women from the nations that the LORD had told the Israelites about, “Do not intermarry with them, and they must not intermarry with you, because they will turn you away from Me to their gods.” Solomon was deeply attached to these women and loved them. He had 700 wives who were princesses and 300 concubines, and they turned his heart away from the LORD. 

Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived.  He could solve a problem like nobody’s business.  He solved all the kingdom’s problems and people from all over the world came to him for advice.  The Lord blessed him with riches beyond compare and power that would blow your mind.  But Solomon had a weakness.  1 Kings 11:1-3 tells us that Solomon loved foreign women.  These were women who served other gods and influenced him to do the same.  What is even crazier is that Solomon had 1,000 wives!  Um… that’s not very wise.  Now tell me please, do you really  need much wisdom to know that 1,000 wives is too many?  What was Solomon thinking?  Or was he?

Which leads me to my takeaway for the day.  Is there a place in our life that is a blind spot?  It’s that place that we rationalize, justify, excuse, and handle with kids gloves.  It is a place that God has been clear on, but we prefer the fog to the clear skies.   You can have all the wisdom in the world and still let your flesh fool you.  It happened to Solomon and it can happen to you.  Which is why we must pay attention to the Holy Spirit’s leading in our life.  We need to pay attention when He quickens our spirit and reveals our sin.  Solomon paid a dear price: he lost the spiritual inheritance for his children and grandchildren.  So let’s be aware of our weaknesses and ask the Lord to help us.  Ask him to lead you into paths of righteousness.  And one more thing: one wife is enough.

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