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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Solomon: Folly in Wisdom

September 23

(1 Kings 3:1-5 NIV)  "Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem. {2} The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the Lord. {3} Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places. {4} The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. {5} At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you.""

(1 Kings 3:9-10 NIV)  "So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?" {10} The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this."

(1 Kings 4:29 NIV)  "God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore."

(1 Kings 11:9-10 NIV)  "The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. {10} Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord's command."

Solomon had it all: wealth, fame, power, wisdom, religious upbringing, the right family line… but in the end, his life went down the tubes because he worshipped and served created things instead of the Creator. When we worship and serve created things, the Creator’s light grows dim in our life. As we systematically yoke ourselves to unbelievers, our ties with God are weakened and we begin the downward slide into futility. The desire for other things leads us away from Jesus. We lose our focus. We forget our priorities, our purpose, and our calling. We lack for nothing, but give our hearts to anything and everything. We become polytheistic polygamists, squandering our lives investing in relationships that have no eternal value. We labor for that which came from dust and will return to dust, until finally, we arrive at our ultimate destination: Meaninglessness. Stop! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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