CHRISTIANITY … IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HEART

“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.”

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  1. Bob Bliss says:

    I always find Solomon such a contradiction. The wisest man around yet so dumb when it came to women – at least to the women who were his wives. Yet, like father like son. David had his temptations as well. But David, in spite of giving in to his flesh, never let his heart be taken captive.

    The new look is interesting. Lisa has changed her blog-look about three times in the last day. Guess it could be addictive.

  2. Trey Morgan says:

    Excellent point, Bob. The difference between David and Solomon was so little, but yet so BIG.

    As for the new look. Thought I’d try this one for a while.

  3. lisa leichner says:

    Hmmm, I’ll ignore the fact that now my own father is picking on me for changing my blog all the time and just say … good post, good things to think about. If it’s not possible for us to be perfect, is it possible to have a heart that is 100% devoted to God? If so, how do we know when we have it? Or is that just one of those things that we have to always be striving for?

  4. Neva says:

    Trey,
    I too, pray for a fully devoted heart. Thanks for the post.

    Peace,
    Neva

    ps–I used the same verse in my post today–isn’t that funny?
    n

  5. Bobby Cohoon says:

    Great thoughts and post trey. And, I’ll amen your prayer!

    Bobby

  6. Brian Nicklaus says:

    good thoughts, and if we (as christians) would recognize how important it was and even stated explicitly under the old law, we might be blessed by seeing how consistent God has been since the beginning.

  7. The Preacher's Household: says:

    I think James referred to this verse in his sermon on Ecclesiastes last night. He definately talked about Solomon’s contradictions. He also has preached a sermon about how the relationship with God desinagrated through David’s generations. It is a good point. We need to be careful to be that 100% heart for God so that our kids can have a good example.

    Very strong manly look to your site now.
    Kathy

  8. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Yes, Solomon is a contradiction. Matters of the heart are tricky. Remember, Jeremiah says “the heart is deceitful above all things” (yes I got my e before i and I too wish there were a spell checker). My wife has been blogging Monday’s on marriage. This might be a great post by itself. I preached a sermon one time entitled “The Trouble with Women” looking at Samson. I was told by a couple of guys women might be offended. They were not my audience and it was a good sermon. We need to appreciate who we allow to influence us. Which was rally more my am sermon yesterday but somethimes they kinda run together.

    James

  9. Monalea says:

    Remembering to give my whole heart to God is a daily task I struggle with. We live in a country that does everything in its power to pull our hearts from God. Maybe Solomon should have asked God for a heart like his father’s, instead of wisdom.

  10. TREY MORGAN says:

    Lisa… I know God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. We can’t. But to give God my heart means to “give Him my all.” He’s the most important thing in my life. Pleasing Him comes above everything.

    Neva … great minds … hua?

  11. TREY MORGAN says:

    Kathy … “Strong manly look.” Oh, I like to hear that. (grunt)

    James … you are a brave man preaching about the women. ha. But I know that wasn’t who you were trying to reach.

    Hi Monalea. My favorite sister of 5. Favorite because you’re the only one to write on my blog. (Don’t tell my other sisters)

  12. lisa leichner says:

    Oh, Monolea’s your sister??

  13. TREY MORGAN says:

    MUCH older sister 😉

  14. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey,

    Did anyone mention your link to the urban dictionary. I didn’t see any comments. I am not sure I want Kathy using that word. I will keep an eye out on the Urban Dictionary. I also wouldn’t use that word in a sermon. Thanx for the help. Are you trying to truthenize us?

  15. TREY MORGAN says:

    James… I tried to find the word “snarky” in the dictionary online. None of the had it. Only the “urban dictionary” had it. I’m not sure what that means…

  16. Liz Moore says:

    Great thoughts! It reminds me of the song “The Heart of Worship”. There is a line in it that says, “I’m coming back to the heart of worship and it’s all about you Jesus. I’m sorry Lord for the things I’ve made it, when it’s all about you, all about you Jesus.” It can’t be all about Jesus if our heart isn’t in it.

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    I love that son, Liz…

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