Bible Stories

Solomon: From Wisdom to Downfall

IMG_20150302_083032_editIf you could ask God for anything, what would you ask for? In considering a question such as this, many possible answers came to my own mind. Requests such as money, better health, peace of mind, and a world without war seem obvious. When reading about Solomon, I learned that the obvious answer isnt always the right answer. In fact, I learned that choosing what seems “outside of the box” can be for a greater benefit not only for one’s self, but for others as well. We can learn alot from Solomon in the way that he answered God when asked the question “What shall I give thee?” (1Kings 3:5)

After David had ordained him, Solomon became the king of Israel. Although he was very young, he now had a very large task before him. He was old enough to understand that being a king wasnt easy, and he doubted his abilities. When the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked “What shall I give the?”, Solomon gave this reply…. 1Kings 3:9 – “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” He didnt ask for riches or a long life, he just asked for wisdom 🙂

This greatly pleased the Lord and he granted Solomon’s request. In addition to this, the Lord gave him what he didnt ask for. 1Kings 3:13-14 – “And I have also given thee that which thou has not asked, both riches and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou will walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.” His reward was greater than he had ever thought possible!

Solomon went on to be Israel’s greatest king. He built the temple, made fair judgments, had great wealth and power to arise in the kingdom, taught many proverbs, and wrote the books of Ecclesiastes and songs. Unfortunately, his upright behavior did not last. His biggest downfall was in taking many wives and marrying the daughters of foreign kings. He had accumulated 700 wives and 300 hundred concubines! Can you imagine that? This act was a direct disobedience of God’s law for a king as stated in Deuteronomy 17:17. He also allowed these women to build altars to pagan gods! By the time that Solomon died, due to turning away from God’s ways, great turmoil had taken place in the kingdom and the kingdom had split in two. 

So what can we take away from this? We can be humble in asking a request of god, we can seek things that benefit the good of all, we can be fair in considering a matter, we can uphold the law and statutes of God, and most importantly, we can guard our hearts. Satan is always looking for a way in. If you leave the door open even a fraction of a inch, he’s in. Pray, live in truth, and hold fast to the word of God always.


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