Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 10
It is amazing to read about King Solomon in these chapters. He was a great man, a great king, and God certainly used him in tremendous ways! Solomon was blessed by God with wisdom, wealth, prosperity, peace, and success in all he did. When I read through the account of Solomon’s life I am tempted to think that he was perfect, somewhat of a super human, who never made mistakes. But, the reality is, if you look more closely into Solomon’s life you see that he struggled to serve God fully. Even though he had been given everything this world has to offer and he began his life so faithfully serving God, he didn’t finish serving God the way he started.
1 Kings 11:1-6 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4 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. 5 He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.
God had asked the Israelites not to intermarry with people from the surrounding nations because they were pagans and He knew that the Israelites would be led into worshipping false gods as well if they married these pagan people. But, even Solomon, God’s chosen King and the wisest person in the entire world, disobeyed God and gave his heart to other gods. The results of his idolatry were catastrophic! To the nation of Israel and also to his own family.
After Solomon’s death, his son Rehoboam was set to take the throne of all Israel. But, because of the idolatry of his father and by taking some bad advice from his peers; the kingdom of Israel would be divided and ultimately overthrown by Babylon.
This is what happens when we allow someone, or something, to have the throne of our hearts instead of giving it fully to God! We are foolish to think that we are too smart, or too mature in our faith, for an idol to slip into our lives. It happened to Solomon, the wisest person to ever live! When we give someone else (boyfriend/girlfriend, boss/co-worker, our kids, our spouse), or something else (money, work, sex, success) the throne of our hearts instead of God, our idolatry will affect all the areas of our lives and the people in our lives as well.
So, how do we combat idolatry in our lives and avoid the catastrophic results that it brings?
1. Stay intimate with your savior: Staying intimate with Jesus essential in the fight against idolatry. His Word must be constantly ingested into our hearts and time must be consistently spent communicating with Him in prayer. No exceptions!
2. Stay connected to His body: Fighting idolatry in our world today is tough! We must stay connected to other believers who can empathize with our struggle for righteousness and exhort us to battle sin in our lives. Can you be a Christian and not be connected to the church?? Not one who is growing in your faith. Get connected and stay connected to the church!
3. Confess your idols to Christ and turn from them: You must make the decision to turn over your idols to Jesus and let Him have the throne of your heart back. Jesus is either Lord of all or not at all! Even if you think it is something small and not that big of a deal. Solomon probably figured that taking a few foreign wives wasn’t such a big deal, but it led to greater idolatry in his life and the life of his family and his nation.
What idols do you have on the throne of your heart that are taking the place of God?
Pray that God would reveal those to you today. Confess those to Him.
Make a commitment to stay intimate with your savior, connected to the church, and turn your heart completely over to Jesus to be the Lord of your life. The consequences of idolatry are bad! But, the result of giving Jesus the throne of your heart will not only impact your life for good, but the life of your family, and everyone in your world!
Posted by: Matt Mofield