1 Kings 11 When the wise become fools

Read 1 Kings 11:1-2

A Fool:

The definition of a fool is one lacking good sense or judgment; being unwise.

1)   Stops doing what Gods word says

Solomon thought that  one part of the Bible could be skipped. The problem with most Christians is they want to have forgiveness of sins and grace from God but then the rest of the Bible is optional. When God says that we are to trust in Him and yet we trust in our own resources we begin to live as a fool. What we like to do is only apply the scriptures we want and by doing so our lives and the lives of others get destroyed The wisest man in the world had a blind spot in his life.

If you have ever gone into the ocean you know how quickly the tide can cause you to drift without realizing it.  If you do not realign yourself with your umbrella  or lifeguard stand  (the word of God) then before you know it you will be further than you want to be.

Solomon with all of his wisdom could see the dangers of certain behaviors but he could not see it in himself. In Matthew 7 Jesus says it is easier for us to criticize the small splinter in someone else’s eye while at the same time missing the log in your own. The key to this passage is,  “when you criticize”: Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we are not to hold each other accountable or point out areas of our lives to each other that are not right. The only thing the Bible says is that  if you notice the splinter in someone else’s eye it may mean that it matches the log in your eye.

Do you have a system in place when you begin to drift down the shore? Solomon, the wisest man in the world probably thought he could get away with it. The people I have seen mess up the most are those who say that it could never happen to them. Sin has a way of making us not notice the patterns in our own lives till we are far away. Just like the man who drifted too far from shore we get pulled out slowly and surely by the things of this world.

Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

There is a progression of things getting worse in these passages. Listen: It is the pattern of sticking around those who are in sin. Participate: Then the pattern leads to doing the sin Criticize: Then the pattern becomes one who criticizes those who do not agree with your thinking.

Read 1 Kings 11:3-4

2)   Listens to the wrong people

Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

The wrong people in his life turned his heart away from God.  Solomon was surrounded by a companion of fools by his own choosing.  Solomon was led astray by those he allowed closest to him. A bunch of people who hang around each other can all get together and think they are wise but in reality they just do not have anyone who will speak the truth to them.

Listening to the wrong people can bring you to destruction. That is why to discern the truth  you have to stay in Gods word. When you start with Gods word and how God says to do something then  you do not have to worry about getting off track. It is easy for anyone to get off track but when you purposely have people around you that only tell you what you want to hear then your destruction is certain.

What is the life of those who are closest to you? Does their life always seem to be one that has chaos and destruction occurring around it?

It is amazing that the one who penned Proverbs 31 and what a woman should be about, is the same one that allowed woman into his life that were not Proverbs 31 women. These women with their foreign gods led Solomon to compromise to the the point that he even built altars and temples for their gods. That would be like me coming into your house and you having a corner of your house dedicated to Buddha even though you said you were a Christian.  Solomon bought into the false idea of  COEXIST. He legitimized all the other religions by having them all represented. The wisest of people can be led astray by the simplest of fools. These temples lasted until King Josiah finally destroyed them (2 Kings 23:13)

Are not all religions alike? They are all just different paths to the same God we are told. The truth is that Jesus is the only way to God (John 14:6) so either Jesus was lying to us or everyone else is lying to how to get to God. You have to determine who is lying to you.


Read 1 Kings 11:5-8, 11

3)   Starts down a path of destruction

In Proverbs 7 Solomon warns a young man about the path he is walking down and the further he walks down it the more in trouble he gets. 

Proverbs 7:1-5 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend, to keep you from the forbidden…

Most of the time you do not wind up at a place in your life by accident. Either your choices or the choices of others have caused you to be where you are. It was a progression that grew worse in his life just like the tide that slowly makes one move down the coastline without noticing it.

Since this has been your practice

We all sin but if we just say our sins do not matter to God then we are mistaken. There was no more remorse or attitude to try and not do the things that go against God. The fact that you want to stop sinning is a sign that you have the Holy Spirit in your life who is grieved at your actions. God will eventually let our choices lead to their final conclussions which is pain and death. If you have drifted down the coastline you need to stop walk up onto the beach and make your way back to where you need to be.

4)   Lives with regret

Ecclesiastes 4:13  Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice.

As much as the book of Proverbs is a book about wisdom the book of Ecclesiastes is a book about the pain of poor choices. The book of Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon and many think it was written as a letter of regret and warning. Solomon wished he had it to do all over again but unfortunately you never get that chance. Solomon misses the days of his youth when he had no power and no fortune because those things corrupted him.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

So what do we do to not have a life of regret?

To not have a life of regret you just have to do the opposite of Solomon.

Listen to Gods word

Ecclesiastes 12:13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man

Its more than listening it is also applying it.

Stop listening to the wrong advice

Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.

You will have to filter the voices around you to know who is speaking truth and who is just a fool.

Do not think that you are above throwing your life away

1 Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

If King David who had a heart for God and King Solomon who was the wisest man to ever live still did things to hurt their lives, then who do we think we are?

Spend Time in Prayer

Ephesians 6:10-14 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

The root cause of your problems is spiritual in nature. You see the physical fruit but that is just what comes out from what is really behind it.  We would be mistaken to deal with any problem without also dealing with the root cause.  Just like weed killer kills to the root so we must battle not just in a physical nature but a spiritual one as well.  The way Jesus dealt with the devil was with truth.  We must pray and know the truth because then we will be free.

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