Solomon said "I do" and pledged "til death do us part" 700 times and had 300 concubines. Maybe he really liked wedding cake. Or wine. Or it could be that the wedding celebration is what got him. Or more likely, he had a weakness for beautiful women.
This weakness eventually became his downfall. The Bible tells us that when he was old, his wives turned his heart away from God. (I Kings 11:4)
It seemed as though if there was a nation that God said "do not intermarry with them", Solomon had a wife from that country. He married Egyptians, Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites (I Kings 11:1-2).
Because he "loved" them, he was drawn into worshipping their gods. He followed Ashtoreth, Molek and Chemosh. The man who started off so passionate for God, lost his way in the end.
Because Solomon did not set boundaries in his personal life, he had to learn that:
God set a very clear boundary: "Do not marry the heathens because they will turn your hearts after their gods (I Kings 11:2)."
Solomon should have translated this to: "No matter how beautiful she is, I will not pursue her if she is not of my people."
God said: "You should worship the Lord God and Him only should you serve (Deuteronomy 6:13)."
Solomon should have analyzed everything through his belief in God. "Does marrying this woman line up with the guidelines that God set for me? When I am worshipping the Creator, will she join me or will she worship the creation?" In other words, how far is too far?
A lot of times, like Solomon, we do things that do not line up with the identity of who we are in Christ. We visit places that we'd be ashamed to let our church family know about and say and do that which we know are not in keeping with Christ-like living.
Today, I challenge each of us to filter our words, deeds and even our thoughts through the word of God. Are we doing those things in keeping with our identity as ambassadors for Christ?
Lord Jesus there are times I know I let You down by doing that which is not right in Your sight. I thank You for the grace that You continue to extend towards me and ask that You will help me to have a heart like Yours. I desire to live my life for You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
What are some of the things that you are currently doing that do not line up with your identity in Christ? Make a list and outline a plan of action to remove each one from your life.