For when Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. I Kings 11:4 NRSV
With age comes wisdom.
But not in the case of Solomon.
Instead, Solomon loves his foreign wives who turn him away from God. He loses his wisdom.
In fact, Solomon has been unwise in his choices of spouses. He probably married these foreign women to keep the peace with the surrounding countries. Treaties were often sealed through advantageous marriages. Did Solomon not trust in God? Shouldn't peace have been something to depend upon God for? Perhaps his lust (for peace or for women) overcame his trust. Certainly it clouded his wisdom.
What in our own lives have we allowed to cloud our own wisdom? What do we lust after? What things do we allow to get between us and God? Is there something in our lives that has turned our hearts from God?
God, even our relationships can lead our hearts away from you. Guard our relationship with you so that our lusts do not lead us away. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims