Beware the things that lure us away from God.

Scripture:
The LORD had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts away to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. – 1 Kings 11:2

Observation:
This passage tells us about the many foreign wives that Solomon had during his lifetime. In fact it lists some 700 “wives” and 300 “concubines” (or mistresses). Solomon insisted on defying the word of God and did what he wanted instead.

Application:
Oh what a dangerous thing it is to defy the word of God willingly. When we do so, we instantly alienate ourselves from the presence of God. He doesn’t abandon us, but his Spirit grieves and takes a step back for the moment. This reason is why many “Christians” go around saying they don’t “Feel” the presence of God in their lives or can’t hear the voice of God anymore. Is it really any wonder? We live like the devil and do things our way and then wonder why God doesn’t speak or hear us, or so it would seem.

Have you gone through a dry spell recently in your walk with God? Then don’t blame him for the seemingly distant gap between you two. Look into your heart and soul and see what is causing the chasm inside. It takes but only a moment for you to search it out, identify it, and then confess your wrong to God, who will faithfully and justly forgive them. Don’t let past sins and pride cause you to become stubborn and rebellious toward God, as they did Solomon. He perished with his great gift of knowledge only to miss out on a personal relationship with God. All hi knowledge and wisdom were no substitute for loving God from the heart and being devoted to him.

Women were the thing that lured him away from God. The enemy used that bait to hook him and catch him, thereby enslaving him. What is it in your life that may have a hook in your mouth? Seek out the Holy Spirit, who can reveal to you the trouble areas of your life. There is hope still. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for waking me up spiritually and pulling the proverbial wool off of my eyes. There had been so many things that were alluring and enticing that tried to turn my heart away from you. Your word has warned me again and again about the perils of loving the things of the world. I don’t want to be your enemy. Nay, I am your very own child, bought by the blood of Jesus! Help me to have a teachable and humble heart. I don’t want to become like Solomon, who refused to listen to your word and then go and do his thing instead. Keep my heart soft and pliable in your hands. May I always walk humbly in devotion to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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