Starting and Staying Faithful

Solomon was known for His God given wisdom. When I think about King Solomon, two main things come into my mind, a man who asked God for wisdom above anything else and the one who build the temple for God.

We read in 1 Kings 4:29-31a “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than any other man.”

Solomon’s humility and desire to be the kind of King God wanted him to be is evident in 1 Kings 3:5-9

“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ask for whatever you want me to give you. Solomon answered, you have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.So, give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

Let’s just take note of what Solomon said in the verses above besides asking for wisdom. He acknowledges that King David was faithful to God, righteous and upright in his heart. Solomon understood that God’s promise to David was conditional on his obedience to that which God asked of him, which is to follow in HIS ways.  

Understanding the importance of faithfulness and obedience to God is one thing but to live that out all our days is another thing.

Was Solomon faithful to God all of his days?

Solomon spent a good part of his time building things. He began with the building of the temple for the Lord, which took seven years. He spends thirteen years building his royal palace. He continues to build another palace, villages, fortified cities, and ships, detailed out in 1 Kings 9:10-28 and 2 Chronicles 8.  

In his quest to build, he started right, with the temple, but over time he seems to have focused more on building a lot for the now and not focusing on building his own spiritual life.

In 1 Kings 11:9 we read “The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord…Although God had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command.”

For us: We can do seemingly great things for God but we have to constantly and consistently abide in Him so that we do not veer off in our walk with God.

In Deuteronomy 17:14-20 we read God’s instructions to the one who would be king, they are to not acquire great number of horses, not take many wives or his heart will be led astray and not accumulate large amounts of gold or silver. Verse 18-19 says “When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees.”

Even though God clearly conveyed to Solomon that He wanted him to follow His ways and keep the laws, Solomon broke all three of the laws mentioned above.

Solomon had many wives who eventually led him astray, he built places of worship for their gods and he also partook in their worship and rituals (1 Kings 11:4-8). Horses, gold and silver he amassed (1 Kings 10:26,27).

For us: Wisdom does not automatically equate to obedience in the Lord. Wisdom from God lets us know right from wrong and the path that God would want us to take. But there is that element of choice and surrender of our will that should come along with wisdom. Jesus says in Mathew 7, the wise man is one who hears God’s word and acts upon them. God never forces anyone to follow Him, it is up to us to make that choice every day to follow Him, to keep Him pre-eminent in all aspects of our life.

Solomon had many wives (1 Kings 11:3), David had many wives too although the exact number is not mentioned, besides the eight mentioned in scripture, 2 Samuel 5:13-16 says he took many wives and concubines.

Did Solomon justify his many wives based on the fact that David had them too? God’s hand and favour was still upon David even though he did not rightly follow the law mentioned in Deuteronomy? But unlike Solomon, David did not worship the gods of his wives.

For us: When we look up to someone who demonstrates the spirits presence and leading in their lives like David did, it does not mean that everything they did was right. We know all too well that even though David was known as a man after God’s own heart, he sinned. So, to model our actions based on what someone does in their lives and lean into the excuse that they did that and God still seems to be blessing them, so I can do it too, is to keep our desires above what God’s will is for us.

God told David and Solomon to follow HIS ways, not another godly person before them. However godly someone is, they are not sinless like Jesus.

May we always remember not to fall into the trap of keeping anyone else in the position we should rightly reserve only for God.

It is not enough to just start faithful, but in His grace, seek Him and walk faithfully every day.

God gives us His word to enable us to live our life the way He intended. But He never forces us. He gives us the choice to follow Him. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon tells us that everything he did to find joy or fulfillment outside of God was meaningless. His wise counsel in Ecclesiastes 12:13 is “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”

May we remember these words and surrender to Him every day so that it is His will and ways that we follow, starting and staying faithful through all of our days.

God Bless.

29 thoughts on “Starting and Staying Faithful

  1. I enjoyed reading this Manu. It’s so true we much seek to please God above people. Like you mentioned, even when we see others doing wrong and they still seem to be prospering, we have to choose to do right and trust God to bless our lives. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Dawn 😊. So true that we should not judge whether something is right to do or not based on whether they seem to be doing ok. After all they have to answer to God for their actions. May we always look to God to know right from wrong.
      Blessings to you 🤗💙

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  2. What a great study on Solomon and David! It’s amazing that Solomon broke all three of those things the Lord warned him against. Maybe it was his wealth that got to him. 🤔 It certainly makes you think.

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    1. Thank you so much Renee 🤗. It could be that his wealth got to him or maybe just being admired by everyone for his wealth and wisdom, that can really get to someone’s head.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Blessings to you 💙

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  3. What an amazing word. Much to think about.
    Following in his father’s footsteps. Seeing how Solomon basically followed the same pattern as David, it gives us something to chew on. How do others (especially our children) see our relationship with the Lord? I like what you said about not falling into the trap of keeping anyone else in a position we should rightly reserve only for God. God bless.

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    1. Thank you Marie. It does make us think about what we do in our pursuit of God everyday especially as parents. We have that space of influence in their life and it is definitely a privilege and a responsibility.
      Blessings to you too 💙

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  4. When I think about Solomon, I often have a heavy heart. It is sad to me that he started off with so much promise, but it didn’t last. I especially love that he asked God for wisdom, when we could have asked for anything in the world. But then as time moved on, he turned away from God. This is heartbreaking and should be a clear warning to all of us. We need to keep our eyes always focused on God and cling to Jesus daily. I like the way you phrased it – “surrender to Him every day.” Yes, we need to take up our cross daily! Thank you for this reminder, my friend. Many blessings to you! ❤️

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    1. I too feel the same about Solomon, he started with so much promise but was not obedient to the Lord all of his days. But we do see that he understood that apart from God everything is meaningless when we read Ecclesiastes.
      It sure is a good warning for us.
      Blessings to you too my friend 🤗💙

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  5. Another wonderful reminder of obeying God and the blessings that comes with it.

    I’m always amazed how Solomon did not ask for neither wealth nor power but rather the wisdom to lead his people. It is something worthy of emulating.

    It is better for one to understand the power of prioritising wisdom that will empower them to see the way through a Godly, successful, and fulfilling life. Instead of wearing oneself out getting rich or ahead of life outside of God’s commandments.

    Staying faithful to God is the key even though it is a very difficult task to accomplish. May his grace strengthen us to choose wisely like Solomon and stay faithful to his word 🙏

    Great post, dear. Thank you for sharing. Stay blessed 🙌

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  6. Manu, a great post about Solomon and David! They both worshiped and listen to God at first, then power and wealth came between them and their faith, and they both strayed from God’s path. It is a good lesson on the importance of keeping your eyes on God and His ways and not be corrupted by worldly things. Blessings! 🌼💗🌺

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  7. Just read an excellent expository series on Ecclesiastes called Been There, Done That, Now What? by Ed Young from the 1990s. Easy reading like a novel, but packed with truth about Solomon’s failure to follow the wisdom he writes of in Proverbs.
    Excellent blog, although I kind of balked at the title when I first saw it. Maybe it’ll bring some folks to it, though who might not otherwise read it. Hoping you chose The F Word with wisdom, Perth Girl. 😉

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    1. That series sounds really good and I will check it out.
      Thank you.
      I must say that I did give it a lot of thought about the blog name. Unfortunately in general when we (including me) think of the F word we do not think of Faith or Food or Family. My life is so defined by my faith and I hope to make the F word more about faith than anything else.
      Thank you so much for sharing your honest thoughts. I truly appreciate it.

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  8. I pray a lot for wisdom in parenting but have never considered that I should pray for my own obedience in it. You made a very good point that wisdom doesnt necessarily mean obedience follows suit. I’m going to be praying for both now. Thank you!

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    1. Me too Colleen. I always pray for wisdom in how I parent my son but as I was dwelling on this part of scripture made me think if the importance of actually being obedient to the Lord everyday would definitely have so much more of an impact.
      Blessings 😊

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  9. Manu, thank you for this strong encouragement. We are privileged to walk with, and have relationship with the God of the universe. He calls us His own, and pours out His love and leading. As we pursue Him and not stuff, we have riches this world cannot see or understand. Blessings! ♥

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  10. Ah, Jacquie, you wrote, “We can do seemingly great things for God but we have to constantly and consistently abide in Him so that we do not veer off in our walk with God.” And I put that in my “squirrel cage” today to carry with me. A good reminder. Thank you! ❤

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  11. ‘Understanding the importance of faithfulness and obedience to God is one thing but to live that out all our days is another thing.’
    This is so true Manu. Such an insightful post. Whenever i read your posts i always end up getting an important lesson. . It is not only crucial to start faithful but to also walk faithfully everyday. Blessings dear

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