The Wrong Road

Last week, Solomon’s faithfulness was highlighted in the dedication of the Temple. He is on his knees offering prayers to God.

(1 Kings 8:54–56 NIV11-GK) When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the LORD, he rose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven. He stood and blessed the whole assembly of Israel in a loud voice, saying: “Praise be to the LORD …

We have a beautiful picture of God’s chosen king living in the abundance and provision of God’s blessings. The temple in all its splendor is a tangible reminder of God’s presence and the people’s faithfulness. How I wish the story continued like this!

In this week’s text, the tone is quite different. A dark cloud begins to form over the kingdom. God’s chosen king begins to walk down the road that God clearly instructed him to avoid. As we consider Solomon’s tendency to veer from God, we are challenged in our own compromises.

Join us this week as we explore 1 Kings 9:10-25. Let me warn you, the actions of our God ordained king may surprise you. Yet as we study God’s Word together, my prayer is that God will use Solomon’s story to aid us as we strive to live into the story of God in our day and time.