I Kings 9:1-9; II Chronicles 7:17-22 — How to lose everything

Solomon had everything.  Wealth, power, wisdom, everything he could’ve wanted.  And God told him that as long as he and his descendants followed him with all their hearts and obeyed him, their dynasty would continue forever, and that God’s eyes and heart would always be there with the temple Solomon had built.

But God warned him,

“But if you or your sons turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name.  Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.  And though this temple is now imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’  People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord their God, who brought their fathers out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them–that is why the Lord brought all this disaster on them.’ ”  (I Kings 9:6-9)

Unfortunately, neither Solomon nor his descendants remained faithful to God, and eventually their dynasty fell, and the beautiful temple Solomon had built was reduced to rubble.

So often, we see Christians who were respected fall.  Sometimes, they had great ministries that touched many people.  But then everything falls apart.  And they fall apart because instead of following God wholeheartedly, they start serving themselves instead.  Instead of seeking after God, they start seeking after the gods of money, power, sex, and all the other things of this world.

Honestly, it scares me to think of the kinds of people that have fallen.  It scares me, because I see the same kinds of weaknesses that were in them in me.  And I know that if I’m not careful, the same can happen to me.

How about you?  Are you following God wholeheartedly?  Or are you starting to slip?  Are you starting to compromise in the small things?  The problem with compromising in the small things, is that it swiftly leads us to compromising in bigger things.  And in the end, all the good that we have done can come crashing down.

Lord, help me to be faithful to you.  I see the weaknesses that are in me, and I know that I can fall too.  Help me not to.  Lord, keep me accountable to the people around me.  But even more than that, let me always remain accountable for you.  Forgive me for the times I’ve compromised.  Help me always remain true to you, that my life may an example to the people around me.  My heart’s desire is that they would always see you in me.  In Jesus name, amen.

 

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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