Day 107: The crack in the armor (1 Kings 10-11)

Posted: July 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech [a] the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done. 1 Kings 11: 1-6

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we should hold fast to God in times of great trial. When life is hard, frustrating and tough to handle, we need to run to God – not just for comfort, but also for patience, wisdom and understanding. It’s funny how God likes to remind me sometimes of a point I am so obviously missing.

Sometimes, because I live a life that is somewhat challenging stress-wise financially, I tend to focus a lot on strategies pertaining to keeping my eyes on God in the tough times. But not every moment of my life has been hard. I have had some great times in my life, where life could not be any better. God has poured His blessings upon my abundantly, and guess what, God says we should be running to Him even in those times!

Solomon, in 1 Kings 10, is on the top of his game. He is the wealthiest, wisest man on Earth. Kings from all over the world are flocking to Israel to get a piece of this guy. His wisdom, his splendor, all of it. He is, without a doubt, the man. He is the main event. He is king, and all is well with his soul. The nation is at peace. The palace and the temple are built, and he is living the high life! Read through the chapter and see for yourself – the gold alone this guy has is enough to last several thousand lifetimes. He was the Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Donald Trump – COMBINED – of his time. No one else even came close. And there was a reason for that. He was following God’s commands, and the LORD promised Solomon that He would bless his kingdom if he followed God and God alone.

But even the wisest men have cracks in their armor. For Solomon, like his father, it was women.

According to Scripture, Solomon had about 1,000 partners (700 wives of royal birth, 300 concubines), and they led him astray, capturing his heart and then leading him to worship false gods. Through that one crack in his spiritual armor, the flood gates burst forth, and Solomon’s kingdom was doomed to fail.

Oh, how the mighty fall.

But it just proves that no matter how mighty we men get, God is infinitely mightier! Solomon’s wisdom was the stuff of legend, but even the wise man left the door to his heart unlocked. He was distracted by his lusts for women.

I think of a golf tournament I watched one time with Tiger Woods. This is pretty random, but stick with me. Tiger is known (at least before his alleged infamous affairs) for his focus and drive. On the golf course, he is an animal. Nothing can distract the man from completing his round on top. He is, simply put, a machine. But, there are times that even HE is distracted. During one tournament, he was facing a few rowdy hecklers who just wouldn’t leave him alone. “Tiger!” “Get in the hole!” “Tiger! You stink!” Finally, the constant distractions got to him and he shanked a drive right into the woods. He completely lost his cool, yelling at the hecklers, and eventually completing an average round. His focus was shaken. He became distracted and let it affect his game.

Similarly, we are like that golfer on the course, trying to focus on our game, and Satan is in our mind, constantly heckling us, trying to distract us from our ultimate goal of serving God. He is constantly looking for the cracks in our armor, hunting for weaknesses to exploit, and he uses them often to get what he wants. People forget that Satan is not dumb. He isn’t some aloof red guy with a handlebar mustache and a pitchfork, grilling burgers and drinking Tabasco sauce. He is a fallen ANGEL, a supremely powerful being capable of pure evil, and he knows all your secrets and isn’t afraid to exploit them to divert you from God. He is the heckler, the ultimate distraction.

For Solomon, life was good, but Satan used his lust for women as the catalyst for his downfall, and he took the bait. For this, God punished his family, and as we will see in future chapters, the nation will soon be disrupted and broken up.

So what does all this mean today? It means that any time we take our focus of God, we are falling right into a devil’s trap. When life is good, God is good! Things can’t get much better than this, right? What harm could a little distraction be? BOOM! Catastrophe hits. Solomon should have learned his lesson from his father, but he let sin creep in and ruin him. There are so many lessons like this in the Bible, and we shouldn’t take them for granted. Today, take that sin that is plaguing you in your life, and set it before God to forgive. Re-focus on your King, seal up the cracks in your armor and don’t let the ultimate heckler distract you from your game.

Even when life is good, don’t forget Who is blessing you! It could lead to disaster!

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