“In the story of 1 Kings 9 we see that God had chosen and set Israel apart to reveal Himself to the world. Israel enjoyed stability, security and regional significance as Solomon continued to rule and build on David’s Legacy. However, unlike David, his father who thirsted for God’s presence and treasured God’s Word; King Solomon’s strength is seen in his efforts to fortify Israel by building the wall of Jerusalem and other cities like Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer. ‘He wisely built defenses around Israel’s borders and trade routes; but he did not strengthen himself spiritually’.
The later chapters of Solomon’s life first hints and then openly display a believer determined to choose his will over God’s way. The wisest man foolishly ignored God’s command; for Solomon married an Egyptian Princess; amassed chariots, horses and Gold which God had forbidden Kings to do; and enslaved the Canaanites to supply manpower for his infrastructure projects.
If Solomon lived today, we might say he started well in his relationship with God; and along the way turned into a ‘Sunday Christian’. He carefully offered the right sacrifices; gave his tithes; taught others; but in his personal life at work and home, he pushed God aside.”
At the end of Solomon’s reign, we see a troubled ruler. In response to his disobedience, God raised up adversaries against him [1Kings 11:14,23] who troubled King Solomon till the end of life. Also, God raised Jeroboam, one who was chosen over Solomon’s dynasty to rule the 10 tribes of Israel, leaving only 1 tribe, Judah for Solomon’s descendants; and only because of David, his father.
As we walk before the Lord God, it is prudent to check oneself. Are you more like Solomon at the beginning of his reign or Solomon as he approached middle age? God delights to restore all who repent. My prayer is that we will renew our love for God above all others.
“All who pass by will be appalled and will scoff and say, “Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?” People will answer, “Because they have forsaken the LORD their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshipping and serving them- that is why the Lord brought all this disaster on them.” 1 Kings 9:8-9.