Growing old disgracefully

“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.” 1 Kings 11:4.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Kings 10-11, 2 Chronicles 9, and Romans 6.

A short take on Solomon dwells on his God-given wisdom and wealth.

A full reading of his life cannot avoid taking on his later years.

God made it clear to the Israelites, as they were about to go into the Promised Land, that intermarrying with those already there was a bad idea.  Why?  Because their ways would become the ways of the Israelites.

How easily we fall into thinking that the weaknesses of others aren’t ours.  They may struggle with this or that but we’re different.  And how does that usually work out?

Solomon knew but went ahead anyhow.

I like the inclusion of age in today’s verse.  Solomon’s disconnect from doing God’s will happened when he was older.  I need to remember that as long as I’m breathing, I must seek to do His bidding. Age must never be an excuse for being ungodly. There can never be a point in which my whims become the counterfeit gods I follow.

“Lord, thank You for Your Word.  I need You always.  You are the God for all seasons of my life.  Forgive me for ignoring You.  Prick my conscience so that I please You.  I love You, Father.  Glory to You.  Praise always to You.  Hallelujah, what a Savior!”

How are you aging?  We must be Godly to the end.

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