“As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.” ~ 1 Kings 11:4
That verse hit me like a ton of bricks as I was reading the other day. I’d seen it before, but never in the way I had seen it that day. It’s as if God had opened my eyes to something that had been previously hidden from me.
I’ve always known that “it was all about the heart” when it came to God. David was a man after God’s own heart, and at one time, Solomon was too. But as Solomon grew older the Bible says, “His wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was no longer fully devoted to God.”
What does that say to me:
- God’s not content with a partly devoted heart, a somewhat devoted heart or even a mostly devoted heart. He wants a fully devoted heart.
- God doesn’t just want a fully devoted heart; God demands a fully devoted heart.
- A heart that is 95% devoted may look good to us, but 95% devotion in God’s eyes is still 5% short.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23)
“Father, today I pray that my heart will be fully, wholly and completely devoted to you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”