Bible Reading for: April 19
Never let anything dim the light of Christ which is within you. Let your light so shine before men!
Well today’s reading begins by telling us of Solomon’s wisdom. The Queen of Sheba came and fawned over his great intelligence. I get the feeling Solomon liked this fawning as the Bible tells us that he gave the queen anything she asked for. There is a legend that Solomon had relations with the Queen of Sheba and he gave her the Ark of the Covenant. It is said that he had a child by her as well. There is a place in Ethiopia, allegedly the former queen’s home, which claims to have the Ark to this day. Of course, only the high priest can go into the presence of the Ark so there is no way to verify this claim.
I get the sense that Solomon was a real sucker for the ladies. What I can’t figure out is how an allegedly smart man can have 700 wives and 300 concubines. I know we joke about such things but really, how can this be a good idea? It’s not, and as we read today it turns Solomon from God. These women are his down fall.
God allowed Solomon to maintain control of all of Israel while he was alive due to the faithfulness of David. Yes, David sinned, but then all men have sinned. David never, however, worshiped other gods. David was faithful to God even though he was a sinner. The kingdom will be wrenched from Solomon’s son. The line of Solomon will retain Judah, but the other tribes of Israel will have a different king; this becomes a divided kingdom due to unfaithfulness.
Guys, I think there is yet another warning here for us. Is God our only god; are you faithful to Him? You know, the Queen of Sheba was blown away by the life Solomon lived. It would be easy for anyone who looked at the wealth and joy that Solomon had and desire that for one’s self. That should be true for us as Christians. We are children of the King of the universe. He has blessed us beyond belief. The wealth of joy and peace that are our inheritance should be apparent to the Lost and they should desire what we have.
When, however, the source of those blessings is taken for granted, and the things of this world become idols, the blessings themselves become diminished and we lose the fullness of joy and peace He intends for us to have. When we lose those, we have nothing the world needs let alone wants. Our life is to be a beacon of hope to those who don’t know our Lord and Savior. Is that light shining in your life as you walk with Him or have you walked away from him and dimmed that light?
Brothers, please don’t crave the lesser part. Don’t let your hearts be turned away by the empty promises of a lost and dying world. Never allow anything to draw your eyes away from Jesus. Never allow anything to dim His light in you. It is too precious to throw away for baubles!
Vivere Victorem! (Live Victorious!)
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!