Allowing Your Heart To Turn
Posted: Saturday, June 13
1 Kings 11:1-12:19
Verse of the day:
The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the Lord’s command. (1 Kings 11:9-10)
One thing I never want to do is willingly walk away from my relationship with God. If I’m honest, right now I’m thinking, “I will never walk away. I’m a Pastor, I love God, I always have. I know that His way is the best way.” Then I’m reminded of the constant backsliding of fellow pastors, long time friends, and relatives that once loved God but slowly and surely turned their hearts away for the Lord, the God of Israel, who appeared to them time and again.
It’s discouraging, sad, and disappointing to hear and watch people readily turn their back on God. Seldom is it ever a brazen act of defiance, but instead a slow and steady drift. One compromising choice after another suddenly leads to a life robbed, killed, and destroyed by sin. As in the case of Solomon, his heart had turned from God to pleasures. He married hundreds of women, was ridiculously rich, and was able to do whatever he wanted. It was a slow gradual drift from God to doing what pleased him. Even as the wisest man to have ever lived, sin and the lust for ‘better’ conquered his desire for God and left him empty.
The encouragement today comes as both hope and heed: don’t turn and slip down the slippery slope - stick to doing things God’s way. I’ve seen to many lives scarred, empty, and broken by the bondage of sin. They had an innate desire for God only to have their hearts stolen. Lives filled with potential, hope, and a bright future disfigured to a life oppressed. If the choices you’re making are drawing you away from God, quit it now before it takes you to far. Remember the times God has shown up in your life and made Himself real, reflect on His teachings, commit to church and fellowshipping with other believers, and never ever let your heart turn away.