Today’s reading I Kings 9-11
I Kings 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
Solomon was the wisest man ever! He had been given a special gift that brought him to the world stage fairly early in life.
As he got older he married more and more women. They came with their extra gods! He accepted them and respected them and their gods. As he did he became tolerant of what he knew was wrong.
Friendships have a way of making us see things differently. Now, Solomon was seeing false gods differently. He didn’t take the time to think of what God said about the false gods. He even builds temples for the false gods.
As we get older we often regret many of our decisions and actions as younger men. We reflect. We become softer. We wish we hadn’t of been so hard about certain things. We wish that we had thought through things more and not just followed the status quo and accepted behavior. That part of getting older is good.
But something about being old and a grandparent can make us get soft on sin and wrong. We love more. We don’t want to offend.
Solomon fell into this trap and accepted false gods. We aren’t talking about petty issues here. He fell for demon gods. He allowed his heart to grow cold against God.
Should we be more careful as we grow older to be more biblical than tolerant? Should we think about decisions? There is much that we needed to change. But there is much that should remain the same or stronger than ever.
Never let age and feelings lead us away from honoring the one and only true God!