1 Kings 11:1-2
Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.
Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the sons of Israel, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods.” Solomon held fast to these in love.
– 1 Kings 11:1-2
As we resume the God with Us series, we will examine the time period known as The Divided Kingdom. We will be looking at Kings and Prophets from 930-722 B.C. Solomon followed his father David as the third king over the united kingdom of Israel. However, Solomon’s heart would drift away from devotion to Yahweh. The story of Israel as a “divided kingdom” finds its origin in Solomon’s own “divided heart.” A divided heart describes someone with divided interests and loyalties; someone torn between two options. A divided heart is one that serves more than one master (Matthew 6:24).
THE BIG QUESTION
Divided hearts take on many different forms. Solomon’s downfall had to do with women. God had blessed Solomon in every conceivable way, yet, he took advantage of God’s blessings to indulge himself with every worldly pleasure. Do you have a divided heart? If so, what is keeping you from being completely sold out to Jesus?
Spend some time in prayer meditating on what God has revealed to you through His Word today.