Friday, August 19, 2011

Just Like Solomon

If you've read my earlier blog posts, you know I'm doing the Radical Experiment this year.  And, one of the challenges is to read the Bible daily.  Technically, I've only failed to meet that challenge twice since March 1.  Technically.

About a week ago, I was reading in 1 Kings, chapter 11 about the end of Solomon's life.  The wisest man who ever lived believed in God, but he let his multiple wives negatively influence him.  Before Solomon died, he was worshipping other gods.  As I read the passages, I thought how unwise he had been.  He was the wisest man alive - didn't he know better?

All the while I'm reading I'm trying to hurry through the passages so I can move on to something I wanted to do.  The reading that night was unusually long, and I thought about mid-way through, "I'm not getting anything out of this because I'm trying to hurry.  I don't want to be doing this."  Still, I finished it and went on to the thing I wanted to do.

The next morning as I showered it was like God thumped me on the head and said, "Is there anything in there?  You have Solomon to learn from, but have you?"

All I could say is, "You're right, Lord.  I have other gods too, and last night I chose to make time for the other gods instead of You.  I felt perturbed at the time I spent with You.  Forgive me.  I'm just like Solomon.  Not in wisdom, but in my rebellion."

And so, I've thought about the wonder of God for the last week, and I'm thankful He even bothered to set me straight.  But, that's what a loving Father does, right?

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