Scripture: 1 Kings 11:31 (God said) I am about to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon, and will give you ten tribes. 32 One tribe will remain his, for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city that I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel. 33 This is because he has forsaken me, worshiped Astarte the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the Ammonites, and has not walked in my ways, doing what is right in my sight and keeping my statutes and my ordinances, as his father David did.
Observation: Solomon is known in history as the wisest king to ever live. He certainly exercised his authority well in his earlier years as king, but stumbled toward the end – worshipping other gods. He would be the last king to rule over both the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah.
Application: We tend to idolize important people in the bible as if they were super-human, but scripture reminds us repeatedly that they had flaws and faults like everyone else. This truth gives me hope that the Lord can do something with me too. And you. Perfection is not a requirement.
Prayer: Gracious God, throughout history you have used flawed people for your purposes. Give us grace to be instruments of you will in this world despite our shortcomings. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.