This post is by Michael Glover
Ever read 1 Kings? Solomon was the man!
The smartest dude you ever met.
Hooked God up with a place of honor where God could show up and show out.
He was probably the richest man I’ve ever heard of, and the ladies? Well …
Solomon makes Mark Sloan of Grey’s Anatomy fame, look like a stuttering little schoolboy!
In 1 Kings 3:6-15 you find out where he received all of his gifting. Every leader should pay this passage heed. God asks Solomon what he wants, and Solomon asks for an understanding mind and hearing heart so he can discern between good and evil.
Leaders now more than ever, need Godly wisdom and discernment. Today there are so many issues on top of issues, that without God’s help, leaders just can’t lead effectively.
Because Solomon didn’t ask for riches or fame, God tells him not only will he give him a wise and discerning mind, but will bless him with riches and honor! Nice.
There was some fine print also, but it’s all good, who has time to read it?
Immediately you see the Godly wisdom displayed in Solomon’s actions. The story of two women fighting over a baby, is pretty much the first thing Solomon deals with. How did he solve it? He picked up a sword!
That’s still how we can figure out life’s tough problems, using our sword (Word of God). “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power….it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 AMP)
Solomon is blessed beyond measure. People come to him asking all kinds of questions, and he answers all of them.
Read the fine print
By this time, I know the book of Genesis was on the bestseller list, probably top ten. Solomon probably devoured it, broke Adam and Eve’s fall down point by point. “Adam blew it as leader, he shouldn’t have let Eve entice him.” “Take heed young men of Israel!”
Solomon is doing good, finished building God’s House, “let’s see what next? Man, those foreign women are smoking hot!”
“I mean, the fine print doesn’t mean what you think, I know what I am doing. I am the smartest man alive, remember that, show some respect!”
“So what? I am king, I like women, it’s not against the law is it?” “I am not stupid like Adam! I know what I am doing, but just to keep the peace, I am going to indulge my wives a little.”
“Adam didn’t know how to control his woman! I do.” “I am smart.” “I am just seeing what my wives believe so I can argue with their religious leaders better.” “No big deal.”
“You know some of the things my wives believe makes sense!” “I mean, I feel like I am becoming a better person by opening myself up to more things.” “Nothing like Adam though, don’t even get me started on him!”
“Have you read my proverbs lately dude?” “Some of these ladies have attitude!” “Driving me insane!” “I think I am going to build them a few temples to their god’s just to get them off of my back.” “It’s not what you’re thinking though.” “I am the one wearing the pants in this family, unlike Adam!”
“Okay, Yes I do participate in offering of incense, but” … Fine Print!
Solomon didn’t read the fine print
God told him, “…Because you are doing this (worshipping other gods) and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely rend the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant!” (1 Kings 11:11 AMP)
You know the worst part? God told him He wouldn’t take the kingdom from him, because of his father, David. “But I will rend it out of the hand of your son!” (1 Kings 11:12 AMP)
Note to self: I can either bless or curse my next generation.
- Adam- first guy ever
- Solomon- Wisest guy ever
- Both lost their place to-Temptation-Lust-Sin-(blank) James 1:14-15
- The (blank) went to the next generation
Read the fine print.
Think about your kids.
Put the pants back on.