We’re never standing still when it comes to the things of God. Either we’re growing and becoming more like Christ or we are heading down the slippery slope. But often, like Solomon, we play around with sin, thinking we’re too smart to get caught in its snares.
1 Kings 11 & 12
The Slippery Slope
1 Kings 11 & 12:
Our Slippery Slope
Once we begin to focus on things other than God, we can easily slide into greater and greater sins. Here we find Solomon taking foreign wives—women who worshiped other gods. He loved them and became sympathetic to their desire to worship their own gods. He was headed down a slippery slope (Rom. 1.18-32). Eventually, he worshiped them, too!
We can easily do the same thing by dating or getting into close relationships with people who aren’t serving God whole-heartedly or at all. We reason that we’ll change them, but most of the time they pull us away from God. Becoming unequally yoked with unbelievers is still forbidden for that reason and others.
Once, Solomon had compromised the nation by reintroducing idolatry and false religions, the nation not only lost spiritual strength, but political strength. Fast forward to today and look at the loss of respect and influence that has come to our nation as we continue to walk away from God and His truths!
In the 1800s Alexis de Tocqueville said:
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
We cannot be “good” apart from the God of the Bible. When God’s Word is no longer the standard of right and wrong, then everyone begins to do that which is right in his own eyes, just as the people did during the time of the Judges in Israel.
Today’s Other Readings:
Intolerant Fanatics or Just Zealous for God?
Verse 9, “Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.”
Have you ever been called a “fanatic” because you are sold out to God? Today, the favorite label of the media and those who don’t want to follow God’s standard is “intolerant.”
We do need to be tolerant of the weaknesses of others and come alongside them when necessary to help them find, or be restored to, God. But when it comes to sin, we need to be “intolerant,” first and foremost in our own lives. We should learn to hate our own sin and not try to justify it or blame others. And while we are to love other people caught in sin, we cannot say that their sin is acceptable.
Looking for Trouble
Verse 20, “He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.”
Many a parent has warned her children, “If you go looking for trouble, you will find it!”
Here in chapter 12 the people welcomed Jesus as He came into Jerusalem, praising God and throwing palm branches in front of Him, what we celebrate on Palm Sunday. But in five days, they would be yelling, “Crucify Him!”
Is there any area where you have begun to compromise in your thoughts, words, or actions? Are you on the slippery slope in some area? What do you need to do about it? Do you need to end a relationship? Change a behavior? Seek counsel? Get back into church?
Trust God and take that step of obedience.
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