The slippery slope - Hope 103.2

The slippery slope

By David ReayTuesday 10 Jan 2017LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read 1 Kings 11:9-11

9 The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the Lord’s command. 11 So now the Lord said to him, “Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my decrees, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants. (NLT)

On one level, Solomon had it all. He presided over a wealthy and relatively secure nation. He himself had great wealth. He started well, fashioning a magnificent temple and dedicating it eloquently to God. He had got to the top.

But success turned sour. The man who built the temple also sacrificed to pagan gods. The man who wrote of the delights of committed love in another part of Scripture had hundreds of mistresses. The man who composed profound proverbs flouted his own wisdom through his actions. Israel had become prosperous, but at a price.

So his success unravelled. Getting to the top proved a bit easier than staying there. Success in one stage of life does not guarantee success in other stages. We can never get so big and successful that we move beyond our need for God. This can be so true within the church and in society as a whole. Success can go to our heads.

Too much success can cause us to think we have done it ourselves. We cease to depend on God anymore. Money, power and popularity can cause us to think we are beyond the need of God’s grace. But the God who grants us these things can also remove them from us. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.

So beware of being so absorbed in God’s good gifts that we neglect the Giver of the gifts.

David Reay

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