Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. (1 Kings 11:2)
Expanded Passage: 1 Kings 11:1–2
New parents wait eagerly for their children to say their first words, but once the little ones learn the word why, those parents remember why silence was golden! How many times in one day can a child ask why? And every answer just brings another why, until parents finally resort to the phrase they vowed never to utter: “Because I said so.”
Are we any better than toddlers when it comes to our conversations with the Lord? He gives his commands, and he has reasons for them—reasons that are centered around our good. Yet we pepper him with questions about why he requires so much of us when our desires don’t seem so bad. Though he doesn’t owe us anything more than “because I said so,” he sometimes gives us the reasons why and asks us to trust him by obeying.
Solomon had a direct order from the Lord not to marry anyone from the surrounding nations, because God knew these women would lure Solomon’s heart away from the one true God and toward spiritual demise. But we read that “nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.” He didn’t have to ask why. He already knew, yet he chose to disobey, and he did it to the fullest. He chose to cling lovingly to those who distracted him from God rather than clinging lovingly to God.
Let us cling in love to the God of love.
Bekah Shaffer lives in Bluffton, Indiana, and enjoys studying and teaching the Word, drinking coffee, and adventuring with her husband, Ryan, and puppy, Lexi Grae.
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