1 Kings 11:1-13
We have been seeing hints that King Solomon might stray from God. Unfortunately this passage confirms it. Chapter 11 tells us that Solomon had 1000 wives from many nations. He began building shrines and temples for his wives’ gods rather than teaching them to follow the one true God. Eventually Solomon’s heart turned toward the gods of his wives.
God was very disappointed in Solomon. As punishment, God said He would take the kingdom from him. However, to honor King David, God would not do this in Solomon’s lifetime. Solomon’s son would lose the kingdom. And even then David’s heirs would continue to rule one tribe (Judah) and Jerusalem.
Solomon allowed the people close to him to influence him and draw him away from what is right. We need to be careful about the people we have around us. We can have unsaved friends, we just need to make sure we are influencing them and not letting them influence us!
Proverbs 13:20 says:
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
What does this verse tell us about choosing our friends?