Reflection: Even today, most people will know of King Solomon and his famed wisdom. It is worth reading through chapters 4-11 of 1 Kings on his wisdom, as he clearly had significant knowledge beyond the requirement of good governance.
However, Solomon’s story does not end well. He might have had all wisdom, all wealth, everything he could have wanted and more, but it seems his sexual desires and flagrant disobedience to God took him down a path of rebellion. In 1 Kings 11:3 we are told that it was not Solomon (a man of breathtaking wisdom), but his 700 wives who led him astray! (A big sigh from this female author.)
As Christians born into the New Covenant, we have the promise of forgiveness for our disobedience, but what is clear in Solomon’s story is that wisdom does not make us infallible. We can still find ourselves drawn to behaviours, desires, activities, that are not of God. The recent story of significant sexual abuses against vulnerable women by the much-admired international evangelist, Ravi Zacharias, along with the ongoing revelations coming out of our Federal Parliament remind us of the currency of Solomon’s story.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I keep my eyes on you always. Help me to understand the lessons of Solomon and other contemporary leaders who cause great harm to others in their own sinfulness. Give me wisdom to understand my own weaknesses and strengths. Amen.