Many Women

December 15 – Today’s Readings – 2Chronicles 10-12 and Proverbs 15

1 Kings 11:1-3 and 7-11 reads, “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. On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods … Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command. So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.”

I included this portion from 1 Kings today to let you read the “end of the story” in Solomon’s life. What a disaster – that the greatest man in the entire world would end up in disgrace. Remember guys – “those” kind of girls are nothing but trouble!

Now – on to today’s reading. Chapter 10 of 2Chronicles tells a story that is all too common today as well. Here we find a young man making a big mistake because he took advice from the young and inexperienced instead of listening to wisdom. In the complex world of decisions we all face, there is certainly a need of wisdom in our lives as we try to navigate our way. I have always been privileged to have wise men and women in my life. As I was growing up my father and mother were always there with a word of caution or a word of encouragement. It’s amazing how I can still hear echoes of their voices even though I now have many good advisors surrounding me. The Church leaders I work with and the members of my household are people of reflection and prayer. My Pastor and my wife in particular provide “The Word of the Lord” for me. Holy Scripture also provides daily insight about how to stay away from bad choices. It’s hard to go too far wrong if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, read the Word prayerfully and submit yourself to wise people. Here, in this chapter, the older advisors gave one bit of advice and the younger ones another. This should have been a warning sign for the young king. What was staring him in the face was a potential split in the kingdom. Wisdom and grace were the only way to save the situation. Unfortunately, this guy had never learned to walk closely with God, so he was really on his own. His grandfather had been a man of faith and his father had also done well in his early years. This young man however was not close to God and had therefore not learned the secret of “listening” – listening to The Spirit’s voice – listening to Godly mentors – listening to “wise voices from the past” – listening to the Word of God. Only a fool makes decisions without wise and proven consultation. Above all else, we must seek God with humble hearts, for in the end only He is the “Wonderful Counselor”.

Questions:

1. Solomon served other God’s because of his wives. Why do Christians now days serve other Gods?
2. Tell of a Bible character who listened to counsel and made good choices.

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