Solomon: The Not-So-Wise Wise Man

Solomon had the distinction of being the wisest man on earth. The great Queen of Sheba travelled to Jerusalem to meet with him to see if the stories she had heard about him were true (II Chronicles 9:1-12).

The three books he wrote – Song of Solomon, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes – are filled with bite-sized pieces of wisdom and knowledge. Yet, even the wisest man was wooed away from serving the true God: Jehovah.

Fear God

The book of Proverbs repeatedly admonishes us to fear the Lord and abstain from evil (Proverbs 1:6, 4:27). We are told to avoid the company of the wicked (Proverbs 1:10-16) and to live by the commandments of the Lord (Proverbs 19:16). He started out so well! His future had been so bright.

God had put Solomon in a position to be a beacon of light pointing to Himself; a light that the rest of the world could see and follow. Solomon should have led the worldwide movement of worship of the Israelite God. Until he forgot to follow his own teachings: he became wise in his own eyes (Proverbs 3:7).

In I Kings 3:1, we are told that Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh the king of Egypt and married his daughter. This was a direct violation of God’s commandment. The children of Israel were told not to intermarry with the heathens lest their hearts be drawn away from Almighty God (Deuteronomy 7:2a-4).

Solomon disobeyed and his wives turned away his heart from God (I Kings 11:1-8). Maybe he thought he was too wise to get caught in the web of idolatry. Or maybe he thought he could stop whenever he wanted to.

Am I Solomon?

Are we like Solomon? Have we become “wise in our own eyes”? Do we say to the world, “this is what God says we should do.” And then do the exact opposite? It’s hard to do it by ourselves until we realize that we don’t have to. Through the help of the Holy Spirit we have power to do that which we are unable to do by ourselves.

Solomon was the wisest man on earth. And then he wasn’t. He stopped focusing on God and instead allowed others to lead him down a path that he knew was wrong.  We need to learn a valuable lesson from Solomon: whenever we take our eyes off Jehovah, we have started down a slippery slope.

Let’s Pray

Lord, today I want to keep my eyes firmly fixed on You. I can do nothing on my own but with You I can do all things. Thank You for the lessons of the Bible and help me not to be like Solomon who was drawn away through his own lusts. Instead help me to hold firm to Your words and keep my foot from evil. In Jesus’ name. Amen.  

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