“Now Solomon brought the daughter of Pharaoh up from the City of David to the house he had built for her, for he said, “My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places to which the ark of the Lord has come are holy.””
II Chronicles 8:11 NKJV
One of the most dire of temptations for the follower of Jesus is to set aside compartments where not so hidden sins can reside. We pretend that God is not aware of these spaces, so we heap all of the things we know are not holy into them, hoping the Lord will not see.
The verse in II Chronicles stood out to me, as it was the first sign of fracture that I observed in a life so glorious and dedicated to God. The book of Chronicles is God’s view of the events in the lives of the kings of Israel, and the fact that He would superintend the mention of this, has great significance.
There is much for the modern day follower of Jesus, for Solomon is one of the many types and shadows for us, as his ways and life are an example for us. Having a compartment set aside for what is not holy is dangerous, for try as we might to keep all separate, it is inevitable that sin will enter in to the rest of who we are.
We are instructed to follow the Lord with every fiber of our being, for this is the command of God. He does not say, “hold a little back for yourself.” We are to devote all.
“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.””
Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV
In devoting all to the Lord, you can have access to the full power afforded you in Christ. When you keep little compartments, there is a measure of ground not won, and all the territory is in danger of be reclaimed by the devil.
In the case of Solomon, his taking and keeping a wife outside of the household of faith, would open him to an ongoing pattern that would eventually cause his heart to be far from God as he went after the gods of the women who had inhabited his life.
“But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites— from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David.”
I Kings 11:1-4 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, the world is pressing in on the lives of the followers of Jesus, and their desire is for us to be like them. If we lose the peculiarity of the holiness of Jesus, the message of the Gospel is muted. It is the message of the Gospel that has the power to save.
Let us not Abe socially intermarried with the world, seeking to keep compartments in our lives that have weak walls. Let us instead devote all of ourselves to the Lord, that the Holy Spirit fill all of us, leaving no space for the devil.
The times we are in are most dire, for the devil knows that he has but a short time. Let us be steadfast to focus only on the things of God, and may our chief occupation be the furtherance of the Good News.
The reports I am getting from the front indicate that hearts are more open now than at anytime before. God is preparing a way, and the Holy Spirit is working in many hearts as the terrors of the times are serving as a warning for the world.
The people of the world, lost in their sin, need to see people without compromise, servants of the Lord who live completely dedicated to Christ. The message needs to be pure, for the devil has many counterfeits, drawing the unsuspecting to their doom.
Pray for the Lord to search you today, to bring light into those compartments, that they be made open and bright, making way for the light of Christ to fill you.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV
Have a Fabulous Father’s Day! Happy Juneteenth!