Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 11 Scripture Selection: I Kings 10-12
Food for Thought: I Kings 11:1-13
This is a story that evokes in the reader dismay and sadness even to this day. So tragic, yet so easily avoided! King Solomon disregarded the instructions for reigning and allowed his human capricious desires to dictate his decisions. The wisest man in the world, and even having had two encounters with the Lord God Himself, fell prey to the lust of his flesh. Yet it was so unnecessary and entirely avoidable. And it led to the suffering of an entire nation.
This is evidence that one can be wise and know what to do, AND one could have had amazing experiences in the presence of the Lord, and STILL disregard all logic and make really bad decisions. The flesh can be that persuasive if we drop our guard! So how do we keep from falling and causing so much damage? First, we make a decision to live by the Word (see Rom. 10:17; Eph. 6:16), and we do not put ourselves in vulnerable positions. King Solomon’s first mistake was marrying the Pharaoh’s daughter in direct defiance of the Lord’s instructions. Since he seemed to “get away with it,” he added more foreign wives to the collection, adding gasoline to the fire that later in his life ignited an inferno.
Though we may think so, we are not strong enough on our own to resist the flesh in our own “will-power.” That is why Paul warns in I Corinthians 10:12, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” In order to take authority of the flesh and not allow it to dominate our decisions, we must walk in the Spirit, as Galatians 5:16 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” This is absolutely possible because we have put off the “old man” when we were born again and put on the new creation “who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him (Col. 3:9b, 10).”
When our minds are on “those things above,” in constant communion with the Lord, receiving His love and realizing that our life is hidden with Christ in God, then we are very able to put to death those earthly desires such as those listed in Colossians 3:1-5: “fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” We don’t even want those things in our life because they cannot satisfy like the presence of the Lord does, they cause harm to self and others in opposition to the love of God in us, and they do not glorify Him, which is our innermost desire.
That being said, in the event of a fall, we can count of the Lord to extend to us His grace and mercy. There is still life in the blood of Jesus, and it is still there to cleanse us and keep us in right-standing with the Father. As in the case of Israel, all is not lost, and there is a future of blessing for all who call on the name of the Lord.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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