PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Finish WellTim Savage
2The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, ‘You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.’ Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. 3He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord. 1 Kings 11
King Solomon is perhaps the most intriguing character in the Old Testament, unfortunately, not in a good way, but because he is such a dichotomy. He is known as the wisest man who ever lived, he worshiped the God of his father David and garnered the favor and benefits of a blessed life, and yet, later in his life he did things that were completely contrary to this wisdom. How is it that he could turn from light and walk in to the dark? And what can we learn from it? Solomon had all he could ever want, all he could ever need. He was powerful, smart and rich beyond comprehension, but all of this wasn’t enough to satisfy him. As he strayed further from his Heavenly Father, he looked to the world and it’s vices to fill the void in his heart. It was because he had all that the world had to offer that his faith was destroyed.
We need to depend on God. We need to need Him. When we begin to think our success or accomplishments are our own, then we start to lose faith in Him. Solomon is the poster child for not finishing well. He is a very stark reminder of what can happen to someone who was once so devoted to Christ, but over time distracted by the world. Distractions can be money and finances, fame and influence, power, busyness or so many other things. We can be led away from the Lord and before you know it, we’re as far off base as Solomon. I must continually correct my course bearings back to Jesus daily. We all have to choose integrity and character, obedience or disobedience. The wisest man in history chose wrong, but I thank God for the discipline of devotions and journaling, which always helps to prepare for the distractions of life. I must stay committed in the busyness of life to do those things that keep me connected in humility to Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, Please help me to finish well. May I apply the stunning example of Solomon and not be distracted, always correcting back to You and letting You be the satisfaction of my heart and soul. In Jesus name, Amen