They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” (1 Kings 11:2)

The consequences of making a wrong turn range from mild irritation to lost time, missed appointments, and even accusations of carelessness. The consequences are even worse when you make a wrong turn in your spiritual life, like King Solomon did. The book of 1 Kings vividly illustrates the splendor of Solomon’s life and rule—everything from his wisdom to his riches to his long-term building projects. However, Solomon made a wrong turn by marrying women from nations that worshiped false gods. As a direct result, Solomon ended up worshiping these false gods himself, and his spiritual life was broken.

Has there been a wrong turn in your spiritual life—a sinful decision that has taken you further and further away from God with each passing day? The only way to get back on the correct road is to consult the map—the Bible—and ask God to forgive you for deviating from His directions.

After that, remember to keep your eyes open for the obstacles, false paths, and misleading signs that Satan places before you in an attempt to pull you away from God. Ask God daily to guide you through His Word and by the Holy Spirit to help you avoid making wrong turns.

Determine to stay on the right road, and help others to do the same.

Paul Zinter serves as a substitute teacher. He enjoys writing, bread making, and teaching at his local church