I believe that there is a huge misconception with believers and growing up in church. It almost seems as though we are expected to live seemingly perfect lives. So why is it that so many of us tend to fall short? In Romans Chapter 3:23 it states “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Perhaps, this message would make a little more sense if I gave a little background on a young man that had it all but, also found himself in the same predicament with his weakness (falling short).
So let’s take a walk thru the book of 1 Kings specifically Chapters (1-11). King David had many sons but, there was one in particular that he’d chosen to reign over the nation of Israel after his death. King David chose his son “Solomon” to be the next in line to take the throne.
It almost seemed as though King Solomon came into what I’d consider as a ready made kingdom. Thanks to his fathers relationship with their Heavenly Father, unmerited favor continued to rain down on his kingdom. Thus far, King Solomon had it all wisdom, riches, honor and most of all favor with God.
But wait there is more to the story. 1 Kings 11:1 states that “Solomon loved many strange women…” it also goes on to state in verse 3 that “he had 700 wives, princesses and 300 concubines.” WOW!!! It appears that he was living the life but, it turns out his love for women would eventually lead to his downfall. 1 Kings 11:4 also states that “his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God (he began to practice idolatry).
The moral of the story is God knew we were imperfect when he created us. So take some time to consider what areas in your life that you may be struggling with. Ask God to search your heart so that he may reveal those hidden weak spots in our lives and help us to get rid of them and never forget that God loves his imperfect children unconditionally ❤.
Father, please show me the weak spots in my life that offend you. Cause it to also offend me in such a way that I will adhere to your correction and immediate transformation on my heart. Father, I also ask that you help me to trade this weak spot for the fulfilling life that you promised me.
“But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;”
-1 Kings 11:1
“And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.”
-1 Kings 11:3
“For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.”
-1 Kings 11:4