Finishing strong

Solomon was a man of wisdom. I wrote about him HERE but that was a month ago and I have since put some the pieces together and have found a man who had a really STRONG start and then fell off the path in a big way and then seemed to finish with humble strength.

Solomon comes from a family line of infidelity and lust, so its no wonder that it was that very sin that was his downfall. He is the son of David and Bathsheba. According to customs, he was not to be king. King David’s first born son should have been but David promised that he would make Solomon King. When the time came, that Daddy David was old, Solomon’s mom reminded him of that promise. She was a mom that had done some treasuring of her son over the years.

Solomon means “peaceable”. Even as a baby, Solomon was loved by God. God was so pleased with Solomon that he granted his request for wisdom as much as the sands on the shore, along with great riches and power. He had it all, so why did he loose favor with God?

Solomon married the daughter of an Egyptian Pharaoh to deal a political alliance and this went against God. He couldn’t control his lust….he had many foreign concubines and this angered God…lust lured King Solomon away from God and into worship of false gods and idols. It was a train wreck. He let lust rule his heart instead of obedience to God.

This is where we all will fall. What fools we are when we allow anyone or anything to turn our heart away from God. When you compromise your obedience to God expect trouble to come your way. God removes his protective hedge from our lives when we disobey. He does this to bring us to our senses and back to him. He will not allow us to live a lie and be a hypocrite. Solomon was a bad example before an unbelieving world. Instead of him influencing them for good, they influenced him for evil.

Solomon’s later writings prove that he had indeed realized his folly and turned back to the God of his youth. Having learned through sad experience the foolery of such a life, his greatest desire seems to be to save others from the experience through which he passed. I would write all of Ecclesiastes in this blog if I thought you would continue to read. Instead I ask that you ponder his revelations, that you study his understanding, that you learn from his experience.

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to EVERY person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. Ecc12:13 & 14

Lord help me to not only start well but finish it well. Help me not to compromise faith and love for you. Instead keep me close to the cross and the Christ who died for me there. Reveal to me the mystery that in CHRIST HIMSELF is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Let me finish the race of life strong.

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