1 Kings 11:4-6, “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives 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. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.”
Even though Solomon is known as the wisest man that ever lived, that doesn’t mean that he always made wise decisions. Solomon made some very unwise decisions especially in the area of women. Solomon has 700 wives some of which were heathens.
The Bible says that Solomon’s heart was turned away from God and he followed after other gods. Because of this, the Bible says that Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord. There are several lessons that we can learn from this.
1) Do NOT have 700 wives
2) Be careful to whom you give your heart
3) Those you give your heart to WILL influence you
The Bible never records anything about Solomon going after false gods until after it mentions that he married heathen women. Many Christians today want to have worldly friends, and they think that it won’t affect their Christian walk and relationship with the Lord. However, it is quite the opposite. God’s Word clearly states in 2 Corinthians 6:14, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” The friends and influences that we have will either make you or break you in your Christian life.
The challenge today is to analyze you’re friends and those you allow to influence you. Are they helping you or hurting you in your Christian walk? If they are helping, wonderful! If they are hurting, it is time to take action and cut off those influences and friends. It may not be easy, but it must be done! Guard your influences today!