Tomorrow I’m teaching about Solomon at Bible Club. I love the story about Solomon asking God for wisdom (1 Kings 3:5-14), but in the lesson book, the title is “Solomon starts well, ends poorly.” This means the lesson encompasses the end of Solomon’s life too where he gets distracted by his wives and wealth and awesomeness and walks away from God (1 Kings 11).
This isn’t the fun part of the story to teach. It makes me sad to read the end of Solomon’s story. It’s anticlimactic and depressing. I want to be like the Solomon who seeks God for wisdom, who has humility, who longs to build the temple for his Lord. I don’t want to be like the Solomon who gets distracted and prideful. I don’t want to even read that part. It’s the same guy though. It frightens me that we can choose to walk away from our faith. When Solomon was on track with the Lord I don’t think he ever planned on walking away. But little by little he started to love other things more than he loved God. Solomon started following God at the beginning of his life. So did I. I don’t plan on walking away from the Lord, but I need a specific plan for how to not walk away. What’s the saying? “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” The plan is to walk ever closer to God, to have accountability, to stay in the Word, to pursue righteousness, to stay in communication with God with a thankful heart. I’m so glad God helps us with this!
Keep us close to You, Lord!
I was really struggling with planning the Solomon lesson for tomorrow until we discussed 2 Thessalonians 2:3 tonight at Bible study, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” Rebellion in our hearts is quite possible and it comes from sneaky deception. Beware!
Our Bible study leader encouraged us to think about the time in our life when we first decided to follow Jesus for ourselves. On the way home I listed to this song by Sara Groves: You are Wonderful*. It will speak to your heart. Click the link and listen!
She sings, “I have been talking to You, since I was a little girl. So many sweet memories of giving You my world.”
I was seven when I asked Jesus into my heart to be my Savior. I asked Him to forgive me of my sins and be in charge of my life. I prayed with my mom on the couch after Vacation Bible School. It was a genuine decision, but with each life stage, I’ve rededicated my life to Christ as I understand it all better.
When I was fourteen, I heard a Christian radio personality speak at a music festival. She shared an illustration about an old nursery rhyme. The story was funny to me and God used the humor to speak to my heart. I’ll try to recap her illustration below.
A very organized and well-planned woman decided to get married. She married a rich banker who had a lot of money. Unfortunately, the banker died and left her all his money.
Next, the woman married a circus ring master. He certainly could put on a good show and the woman enjoyed his performances. Unfortunately, the ring master also died.
After that, the woman married a pastor. The pastor talked all about heaven, but, unfortunately, the pastor died too.
Finally, the woman married an undertaker. He died too.
At last, the woman died. When she saw Jesus He didn’t let her in heaven. She protested, “I had a plan: One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go!”
We don’t get to go to heaven because of who our parents are or for anything besides this next part. We go to heaven because we have a relationship with Jesus because He died for our sins and came back to life! This was a big reality for me as a young teen. I needed to make my faith my own and not borrow it from my parents. I rededicated my life to Christ on that day and sought after a genuine faith that was rooted in a relationship with Jesus and not tradition.
As I’ve gone through each life stage so far (college, career, being newly married) I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Jesus in new ways. I don’t want to be like Solomon where this lasts only in my youth. I want to be an old lady and still talking to Jesus every day – still growing, and still finding Christ as my all in all.
Blessings to you and thanks for reading! What is part of your lifelong plan to stay close to Christ?
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