by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: 1 Kings 11:1-12:19; Psalm 146
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
1 Kings 11:1-2
But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites … Solomon clung to these in love.
How could this be? The wisest man on planet earth falls prey to his love for women! He loved the women so much that he built them altars to worship their own gods. Understandable. Imagine your 1000 wives plus concubines pestering you each day for permission to fulfil their religious duties. One unhappy wife is sufficient to cause headache – imagine 1000! But did he really “love” them? Or was he merely trying to keep peace in his mini United Nations? The wisest thing he could have done was to keep to one wife. Well, too late. Heart before head, flesh before spirit, pragmatism before wisdom.
Wisdom is not sufficient for a blessed life. Wisdom can show me want to do, but it cannot do it for me. In fact, wisdom can make me feel like I am better than the rest. Yet such wisdom is not true wisdom – as it leaves God out of the picture. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10) – Solomon knew, but again had ignored. So what is more important than wisdom? Faith in God leading to obedience to His will. That’s true wisdom.
Lord, thank you for such a vivid reminder that we can have everything (even wisdom!) and yet lose our soul. Help us to overcome our weakness and unbelief – by Your amazing grace, power and love!