1 Kings 9:4-5 “‘4 As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 5 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, “You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.”’”
CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES
Man, oh man, oh man! Just look at the Lord’s promise to Solomon. He said He would establish his throne forever! But there was a condition – he had to walk as his “father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances,…” In other words, “Just follow me!”
We know what happened. Solomon started marrying pagan women and then started building altars to their gods. He turned his back on God, even after building this magnificent Temple. But don’t be too hard on Solomon. We do the same. We think we can do as we desire and still receive God’s blessings.
If there is one thing we need to teach our children, it’s this. Choices have consequences. For the most part, God will not stop us from making our own decisions. But our decisions always have consequences. Now listen, Mom and Dad. Let your children make some decisions while they are young, so they can safely fail. And when they fail and there are consequences, let them deal with those too. Rescuing them from the choices they make will not teach them anything.
Little Johnny and Susie can learn a lot from the life of Solomon. The wisest man who ever lived, besides Jesus, got side-tracked by life’s distractions and lost God’s blessing. How sad. Now in Christ, we have eternal blessings, that’s true. But can sure miss a lot of God’s blessings in our lives here on earth by not being obedient.
What are you missing right now? Are there things in your life you need to stop doing that you KNOW are preventing you from receiving all God wants to bless you with? Give it all over to Him and let Him draw you close. He will.