Elect Lady's Corner
Biblical Wisdom In Plain English
Don’t Apostatize After God Has Been So Good To You
As we study the book of Proverbs this month, we are enamored with the wisdom, yet the simplicity of Solomon’s writings. In chapter one, he identifies himself by who he is, and where he came from. We should never forget who we were before we became who we are, because it can cause us to be lifted up and forget God. Solomon is in the position to write over 1,000 proverbs, only, because he is the son of David, and what God promised David and his seed.
2 Samuel 7:12-13 says: “And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever. And, thine house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.”
If David had not been Solomon’s father, none of these gifts and blessings would have come to Solomon. Solomon is blessed because of the covenant God made with David to bless his seed, which allowed Solomon to ascend to the throne as king of Israel. Another reason why Solomon should have been grateful is because David had 19 sons, and Solomon is chosen by God to be his successor, although he is not the eldest.
I Chronicles 22:9 says concerning David: “Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be born a man of rest; … for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.” Then God spoke directly to Solomon concerning His approval of him in I Kings 3:5 which says: “In Gibeon the Lord appeared unto Solomon in a dream by night: And God said, Ask, what I shall give thee.”
Solomon then response in v. 9 saying: “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” The crucial blessing however, comes in v. 10-13 when God said Solomon’s words pleased Him, and because he did not ask for selfish or personal gain, God would not only give him what he asked for, but also what he did not ask for. God grants Solomon wisdom that has never be attained or ever shall be attained; along with riches, honor, and fame.
So, as Solomon served as king of Israel, there was nothing on earth that he could not master or understand. Nothing was too complicated or simple for him to solve. Anything he imagined, he could bring it to fruition, because God was with him. Solomon started out loving God as stated in I Kings 3:3a saying: And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father:”
But, in his later years he apostatized i.e., he abandon or renounce his previous belief or allegiance to God. I Kings 11:4 says: “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives (he had 700 wives and 300 concubines) turned away his heart after other gods and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.” So, we find wisdom is not just how much you know, but how much you honor God!
So, when you look at your life and realize all that God has done for you and kept you from; your heart should never be one that apostatizes as Solomon did; or anyone else that abandons their faith. But always remember it’s been God, and because of those who God has made promises to, that you too are blessed!