Lesson Nine | Devotion #1: Solomon
Brett Eberle | Production Director
I play softball every week, and a few weeks ago there was a baseball team practicing on the field next to us. The baseball team was taking some batting practice when the kid fouled the ball onto our field. The problem is that we were mid game and the foul ball distracted the batter in our game which caused him to completely swing and miss.
The Lord spoke to the prophet Nathan to tell King David that Solomon would be the one to build the temple. Solomon gets one of the greatest opportunities in the Bible; he gets to build the temple, the permanent place where the Spirit of God will live on earth. Before Solomon gets a chance to build the temple, God came to him in a dream and asked him, “What shall I give you?” Solomon answered saying that he wanted wisdom so that he could justly govern the people of Israel. 1 Kings 3:5-14 records the conversation, “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, ‘Ask what I shall give you.’ And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?’ It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.’” For the rest of the first part of Solomon’s rule, the Lord is pleased with what he does and the way that he is living.
In 1 Kings chapter 11, things start to take a turn and Solomon starts to take his eyes off of God. I have played sports my entire life, and nearly every single sport that I have played has a common rule, keep your eye on the ball. The same can be said for our walk with God. If you look away from the ball when you are playing baseball there is little to no chance that you will hit it and if you take your eyes off of God and the will that He has for you, it is impossible for you to live the way that God has called us to live.
Solomon’s distraction was women that he had married and they caused him to take his eyes off of what God had planned for him. For us, it can be anything that pulls our attention from God. We have to remember that no matter how hard things in life try to distract us, we have to keep our eyes on the ball that is the plan God has for us.