His wives led him astray. (1 Kings 11:3)
Expanded Passage: 1 Kings 11:3
My husband and I have been married a full decade now, and one of the blessings I’ve enjoyed from spending every day with him has been learning to think the way he does. By nature, he is eager to help anyone he can, he resorts quickly to optimism, and he trusts the Lord to work out the daily details of life. None of those things come easily to me, but over ten years of living together every day, I’ve begun to adopt his mindset.
This kind of influence is why we’re admonished to choose carefully in all our relationships, whether they are friendships, business partnerships, or a spouse. Those closest to us influence us the most. They draw us closer to God or they curve our hearts away from him. The movement in either direction is rarely a quick turn; it’s almost always a slow curve.
Solomon had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. These women didn’t serve God, and over time, their daily influence caused Solomon’s heart to curve away from God. When I think about the profound impact my one spouse has had on me in a decade, I can only imagine the profound impact of a thousand voices proselytizing for false gods. The women he clung to in love curved his attention away from the greatest love of all.
Choose relationships that cause your heart to curve toward the Lord.
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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