Day One Hundred Thirty-Five, I Kings 7, I Kings 9-10, II Chron. 7-8, I Kings 4, Psalm 72
At the beginning of today’s reading, God confirms the covenant with Solomon which He had made with David. He promised to be with Solomon and establish him over Israel, so long as Solomon obeys His commands and walks in His ways.
Strangely enough, it’s in this reading that we begin to see Solomon first drift away from the Lord’s commands, as he begins taking wives and amassing great wealth. These are a couple of things that the Lord had specifically commanded that the king over Israel NOT do. Why? Not because He’s mean or wants to keep the king from having good things and enjoying life. Rather, the Lord wants to make sure that the leader of His people remains devoted to Him.
Solomon began to do the things the Lord commanded against, and his heart became more focused on the things of this life and less devoted to the Lord.