Erosion is gradual. It is not something that is readily noticed. Solomon was given much wisdom by the Lord, but he did not use it wisely. At the beginning of his reign, he made a political alliance with Egypt. What?
Let’s remember that the Egyptians held the children of Israel captive. They were slaves under cruel masters. Why would Solomon choose an Egyptian wife? That was the beginning of his silent spiritual erosion.
God appeared to Solomon the second time. He warned him. 1 Kings 9:6 says, “But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them.”
Verse 7 said that He would cut off all Israel from the land…” In verse 8 God said that the temple that was exalted, the people would hiss in astonishment. They would say, “…Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?”
The silent erosion continued. 1 Kings 11:1 says, “But King Solomon loved many foreign women…” Verse 3 says, “…and his wives turned away his heart.” The chapter continued to tell how Solomon worshiped their gods. Sad.
Hebrews 3:12 is a warning for us. It says, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.”
Note that spiritual erosion starts in the heart. From what I read, Solomon did not believe that God would do what He said He would do.
There is no fence straddling in God’s kingdom. We are either in or we are out. We are either walking in our flesh, or we are walking in the Spirit.
Hebrews 4:2 was talking about the gospel. We can apply it to our daily walk with the Lord. It says, “…the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”
What is the Lord speaking to you right now through this post? May you have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to grasp hold of what He has called you to do. Let us be diligent to guard our hearts from anything that would erode our relationship with the Lord. As Hebrews said: beware. Ask someone to hold you accountable. Heart integrity is a precious gift that we must guard.