What are the things in your life that you Hold On to?
The things that are priorities–such that, whenever other things are going crazy, you prioritize ‘this’?
Is it a Relationship? Your Money? Your Health? Your Faith?
Many times, the things we ‘hold fast’ to are good–the foundational things in our lives (our relationship with God, through faith in Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit).
But sometimes we’re just not that smart.
Sometimes we ‘hold fast’ to things that we should Let Go of!
Solomon…regarded as ‘the wisest man that ever lived’ had a lot going for him.
When the Lord gave him permission to ask for anything, he asked for Wisdom. Because God was pleased with this, He gave Solomon not only wisdom, but wealth, success, and security (1 Kings 3:5-15). Many people, from King Hiram to the Queen of Sheba sought Solomon out for wisdom and partnerships, and gave him praise for his wisdom. (1 Kings 9).
In fact, because of the blessing of God…“King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought an audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.” (1 Kings 10:23-24)
So WHY would Solomon be so clueless as to hold on to one thing that God specifically told him–and the people of Israel–not to do?
“King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.” (1 Kings 11:1-3)
This man was ‘the wisest on the earth’, yet he had 700 wives and 300 concubines?!
That does not sound ‘wise’ to me–in any way, shape, or form.
God knew that intermarrying with those who worshiped other gods would draw the people astray…and that’s exactly what it did to Solomon. For all his wisdom, he would not let go. Notice in v. 2 it says he “held fast” to them.
Solomon forgot where his wisdom and blessing came from. He turned his back on the Lord…and God took his kingship from him and divided Israel (Ch. 12).
Why would Solomon be so dense? Why would he be so stubborn? Why would he be so short-sighted and rebellious to hold on to the precise thing God TOLD HIM NOT TO, even to the point of his own peril, and that of his people?
Because sin is deceptive, because we are all prone to it, and we are all wicked and self-centered, if left to ourselves. Without the grace of God, through Jesus, we would all do bone-headed things like that.
…and we do!
700 wives may not be your issue…but you probably know what ‘it’ is…that thing that God has been teaching you and compelling you to leave behind and to follow Him.
We are blessed to be in an age of GRACE (Ephesians 2:8-9), and God is faithful even when we are not (2 Timothy 2:13).
But we certainly can learn from Solomon’s example!
When the Word of God, or the Spirit of God, moves you to ‘Let Go’ of something that is dragging you down spiritually, DO IT! Do NOT ‘hold fast’ to that sin–no matter how powerful, how alluring, how satisfying. Have the wisdom to ‘Let it Go’ and turn back to God.
In His mercy, who knows? He may bless you like Solomon!