The fallout of poor decisions can reach to the ends of our existence. The honor of being the wisest man on the planet did not render Solomon immune to poor choices, for “King Solomon loved many foreign women….” (1 Kings 11:1). I cannot image the nightmare of “seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines” (v. 3); by sheer numbers, he was overwhelmed. He disobeyed God and knew better; wisdom did not prevail. What a sad commentary, to have run life’s race so valiantly only to fall before the finish line, defeated and lost. When “Solomon was old … his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God” (v. 4).
“Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, ‘Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statues, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant’” (v. 11). Solomon became a national tragedy, an embarrassment to the Israelite nation, and the Israelite Kingdom would never again be united. A litany of rotten leaders would plague the rebellious northern ten tribes and even Judah would fall following a long line of pleading prophets begging God’s people to sanctify themselves.
Our God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5). He tolerates no disloyalty and warns against the dangerous enticement of compromising our company. “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals’” (1 Corinthians 15:33, ESV). “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14, KJV). Separateness and sanctification define Christians, and toying with that bold, black line of demarcation is the turning of the heart.