For some time, Solomon was known as the wisest man on planet Earth. He had prayed for the Lord to give him supernatural wisdom, and the Lord had answered his prayer (1 Kings 3:9-12). Other leaders from around the world recognized and acknowledged his superior wisdom (1 Kings 10:6-9). Yet, something happened in Solomon’s life. Although he remained a brilliant man in many ways throughout his life, he lost the supernatural wisdom the Lord had given to him because he turned away from the Lord.
Question – “Why did Solomon turn away from the Lord – and why do we sometimes turn our hearts away from the Lord?” Solomon turned away from the Lord primarily because he allowed ungodly individuals in his life to greatly influence him. He had married women from Egypt, Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon and from among the Hittites. These women and others worshipped false gods, gods that promoted sensuality, humanism, materialism, and other deviant desires and beliefs – and they led Solomon into their ungodly beliefs and practices.
We must always be careful of the relationships we make, understanding that the people we get closest to will have some form of influence in our lives. roverbs 12:26 reads, “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Psalm 119:63 reads, “I am a friend to all who fear You, to all who follow Your precepts.” When choosing friends, people to date and spouses, we should always be looking for the best and godliest of individuals, knowing that those who are closest to us will have influence over our lives.
There were probably other reasons why Solomon turned away from the Lord. Perhaps the sins and failures of his father David’s latter years provided Solomon with a bad model that influenced him to make the decisions he eventually made. Many people’s lives have been marred by the poor example of their parents. Perhaps he had become so proud of the wisdom that the Lord had bestowed upon him, that his heart was turned away from the Lord. The Bible teaches that unchecked pride always leads to devastation and destruction in our lives (Proverbs 15:26, 16:18). There were probably other reasons as well. But we must always remember the effect and influence that those closest to us have on our lives.
Second Question – “Why did Solomon choose pagan wives – and why do we sometimes enter into close relationships with ungodly individuals?” The Bible doesn’t say for sure, but we have to assume that lust probably had something to do with Solomon’s decisions to have ungodly wives and concubines. Perhaps it was a physical lust for the women that he chose. Perhaps he lusted for the power, money and influence he would gain by marrying influential women from other kingdoms. Whatever the reason, Solomon’s decisions to pursue his own carnal lusts rather than God’s led him to marry these ungodly women, and his decisions led him to spiritual failure and eventually brought about the downfall and destruction of his family and kingdom. That is always the case. When we continually choose our wants, wishes and ways over the Lord’s wants, wishes and ways for our lives, it causes us to drift away from the Lord, which leads us to experience moral, physical, emotional and spiritual failures. When we have such failures, it eventually brings destruction to our lives, our family’s lives, and the kingdom of God.
As you pray today: 1) Pray for Lord to show you any “gods” or relationships you may be putting before Him in your life, and then ask the Lord for forgiveness and ask Him to reclaim first place in your life; 2) Pray for the Lord to give you wisdom in disentangling yourself from current ungodly relationships, and to give you wisdom for establishing future godly relationships; and 3) Ask the Lord to show you how you can always keep your heart and focus on Him, and your commitment to Him.