June 23 – Sin Can Remove Blessings

Solomon’s fame spread far and wide.  The queen of Sheba heard how Yahweh had blessed Solomon with wisdom and wealth and she came to see for herself if it was true.  She was overwhelmed and impressed with everything she saw.  Real life was even greater than the rumors she had heard.  She was also amazed that Solomon was able to answer all her questions so wisely.  The queen said, Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness.” 

Did this kind of praise and Solomon’s many accomplishments go to his head?  Did Solomon believe he was invincible?  Was his turning to sin gradual, just a little here, a little there?  We read one chapter later in Solomon’s portion of God’s Story, of how Solomon’s love for pagan women and then his worship of their false gods was a deep offense to God.  His refusal to faithfully love and obey God cost him the kingdom.  Solomon was richly blessed by God but tragically turned his back on the One who gave him everything.  What a lesson for us today.  How slippery is the slope of sin and disobedience.

1 Kings 10:9 ESV (also in 2 Chronicles 9:8)