Solomon had many “forks in the road” throughout his life. He had opportunity after opportunity to choose to walk with God or to walk away from God. Many of his choices were good. He chose well in setting up his leadership team, honoring his father, David. He chose wisely in asking God for wisdom to lead all of Israel. He led wisely as he built the Temple of The LORD. Each time, he was blessed abundantly by The LORD for those choices. Now, however, he has married many foreign wives for political peace. He let them bring their gods into his home. He started worshipping those false gods, too. That was not wise.
Then the LORD raised up Hadad the Edomite, a member of Edom's royal family, to be Solomon's adversary... God also raised up Rezon son of Eliada as Solomon's adversary... Another rebel leader was Jeroboam son of Nebat, one of Solomon's own officials. He came from the town of Zeredah in Ephraim, and his mother was Zeruah, a widow. (1 Kings 11:14, 23, 26 NLT)
Solomon forgot that all of his blessings came from The LORD. Perhaps he thought his wealth and political savvy were a result of his wits and cunning. Maybe he thought the women flocked to him because he was handsome. Or, maybe he just thought is was “not that bad” to marry all these women and to bring home all their gods. Whatever the reason, Solomon forgot that The LORD is God.
God created all things seen and unseen. God has a design for it all. God has an agenda. God has a plan. The LORD has made it clear that we are invited to be a part of God’s design and plan. We, then, are invited to choose. Whether we choose God or not really does not change God’s design, agenda, or plan. The LORD will always have followers who are willing to follow God. The only choice we really make is whether we are with God or against God.
Don't just say to each other, 'We're safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.' That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. (Matthew 3:9 NLT)
How about you? Have you ever thought about the fact that The LORD will accomplish His agenda whether you are on board or not? Does it encourage you or challenge you to know that The LORD will always have followers? Are you one of them?