The fabled wisdom of Solomon:
—Choosing wisdom as his “one wish” from God (Wow, what would I have chosen? I think the request in itself was pretty wise!) (1 Kings 3)
–Threatening to cut a baby in half to determine who was the real mother (1 Kings 3)
–Thrilling audiences from far and wide with brilliant lectures on botany and zoology (1 Kings 4:33-34)
But how wise was he when he flaunted God’s list of guidelines for kings in Deuteronomy 16:16-20:
–Do not accumulate a lot of horses, especially not from Egypt.
–Do not take many wives.
–Do not accumulate vast amounts of wealth.
–And DO copy out God’s whole law, READ IT daily his whole life, and OBEY it!
Solomon had everything going for him: God’s special favor, wisdom, wealth, fame, a huge and peaceful kingdom. And God’s promise of an ongoing prosperous dynasty IF he would remain faithful.
So what did he do? He threw it all away, violated every one of these regulations. His heart turned away from the God who had lavished favor on him to the gods of his myriad wives. Read the sad story in 1 Kings 10:23 to 11:13. (I have lots of “sad faces” in the margin of my Bible beside the stories of the kings of Israel and Judah.)
So what about me? Will I cling to God when things go well, or do I need problems to keep me holding tight to His hand? By God’s grace, I choose the former.