Don’t Make Your First Step A Misstep

I Kings 3 describes King Solomon’s first steps after he was established as king over Israel. Verse 1 tells us “Then Solomon formed a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her to the city of David.” Was Solomon’s very first step as king as mis-step?

Some would say this first step was a WISE one, politically, as it sealed congenial relations with one of Solomon’s nearest potential enemies, Egypt. But was it a godly choice? Scripture tell us later in I Kings 11:4, “For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods.” In light of that, we may surmise that the doom of Solomon’s walk with God — and the eventual demise of the kingdom of Israel — began with his very first choice, that of taking the foreigner, Pharaoh’s daughter, as his wife.

It is a reminder to us that sometimes the first things you do in a new position or undertaking can plant the seeds for your ultimate failure. We should do our best to make certain this is not the case, by carefully seeking God’s direction, and making sure that we are following His word in our first crucial steps.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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