March 19 Devotional

And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharaoh out of the city of David unto the house that he had built for her; for he said, ‘My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy, whereunto the ark of the LORD hath come’” (II Chronicles 8:11).   David had been a man who followed after the heart of God throughout his life.  Yes, I know he made some major mistakes, but it is in the New Testament (after the mistakes had been made) that God called him a man after His own heart.  When David died, God made a promise to Solomon of blessing and peace on the land for as long as he obeyed the Lord and would not turn to worshipping idols.  Solomon followed the desires of his father, David, when he built a temple for worshipping God.  The verse you read above is what happened very shortly after the building of that temple was completed.  The remainder of this chapter explains how often Solomon offered sacrifices to God on a very regular basis.   Sacrificing to God is a good thing, but if you have invited Pharaoh’s daughter to become your wife, you are also inviting all her false idols to come with her.  Solomon knew that this woman was not a godly woman by the description of where Solomon had her live.  Notice that he realized from the beginning that this woman could not live in the household of his father, David, “because the places are holy …” This thought hit my heart while reading this today: Regardless of how many sacrifices Solomon made, he was still going home to a sinful vice … the daughter of Pharaoh.  We all know the story of the life of Solomon.  His wives (numbering about 1,000) eventually turned his heart from God and he ended his life as a spiritual failure.   I’m not writing this devotional for Solomon, but for those of us who are living now.  What “things/relationships” are we holding on to that we know are not healthy for our spiritual life?  What things are we hiding deep within our heart that we have not allowed God to completely master and control?  It is important for each of us to realize that God is not interested in the things we “do” outwardly, as much as he is concerned with what is in our heart today.  Don’t be so busy making sacrifices that you forget to offer God a clean heart first.  Don’t be so consumed with what others see you doing, as with what God sees in your heart.  Be a man/woman after God’s own heart!  God wants your heart more than your efforts without your heart.   “Delayed obedience is disobedience.” – Curtis Hutson