Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 11:25-43
God is sending adversaries against Solomon. Jeroboam will be the next one. God sends Ahijah the prophet to Jeroboam to instruct him that God will give him 10 tribes of the kingdom to rule over. God gives Jeroboam a similar list of “if-then” statements we read for Solomon. (v.38 cf 3:14).
Solomon dies after 40 years as king. Rehoboam is made king in his place. The life of the wisest King in history comes to an end. Solomon’s end is a great illustration of 4 biblical truths. I would like to use these as our application for this passage.
There Is No Exchange For Peace
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Solomon could come closer than anyone else in saying that he gained the whole world. He had the best. He knew more. He was known by more. In the end, He died a man who had lost it. Not only His own soul (not to say Solomon went to hell), but also the soul of the nation God had entrusted him with. What did all of Solomon’s 40 years of being King gain him?
We have peace when all is right with God. Anything that would take that away is simply an exchange for our soul. What is it that you are trying to gain, that is possibly an exchange for your peace of mind? As it was for Solomon, so it is with you and I. There is no exchange for peace. There is no deal, friendship, advantage, etc. worth what it will cost you.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
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Kingston Springs, TN 37082