Solomon started his reign as king very well. He loved the Lord and obeyed Him in everything. One day the Lord appeared to Solomon and asked him what he wanted. The Lord was prepared to give him anything. Solomon could have asked for riches beyond measure or even long life. Instead Solomon asked for wisdom and understanding to rule the nation. This pleased the Lord so much, that He decided to not only grant Solomon wisdom but also riches and fame that he did not ask for.
True to His Word, we find Solomon’s fame spread. Even the famed Queen of Sheba wanted to find out if what she has been hearing about Solomon was true; as it sounded too good to be true. From the moment she arrived, she was overwhelmed by Solomon’s wisdom. Everything was of the highest of standards, from the food on the table, to the utensils used, to even the organization of his officials, to the point the Queen of Sheba was so overwhelmed.
Solomon’s riches kept growing. Every year he would receive over 25 000Kg of gold. He became the richest and the wisest king the world has ever seen. The Lord indeed kept His promise.
Unfortunately Solomon had a serious weakness. In 1 Kings 11, the bible tells us that Solomon loved many foreign women. In fact he married as many as 700 wives, all of royal birth and 300 concubines. The Lord had instructed Israel not to marry foreign women, as they would sway their hearts from Him. This was one thing Solomon disobeyed the Lord in and it ultimately led him to leave the Lord.
For the love of these women, Solomon slowly turned his heart from the Lord and began worshipping the gods of his many wives. In fact he even built temples dedicating to these gods. In His mercy, the Lord appeared twice to Solomon and warned him about these counterfeit gods yet Solomon refused to listen. In the end, the wisest man who ever lived, the man who wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.”, did not heed his own wisdom, because he allowed counterfeit gods (women) to steal his heart.
It’s a case of would have, could have and should have….Even though Solomon was the wisest and richest king the world has ever seen, he never did hit the peak of what God wanted to lead him to. Unlike his father David, Solomon never did hit his prime and fulfill his destiny. I wonder what would have happened if Solomon had continued to trust in the Lord with all of his heart.