I Kings 3:3 says: “Now Solomon loved YHWH, walking in the statutes of his father David …”. Solomon really did love God (at least at first). What was the evidence of it?
It says because he loved God, he was “walking in the statutes of his father David.” Those “statutes of his father David” were the ways of God which David passed down to him. So Solomon loved God, and the evidence of it was that he walked in God’s ways. This is natural. When you love someone, you want to please them. Jesus said this very thing in the New Testament: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15).
If this is so, what does the way you are obeying God right now say about the reality of your love for Him? Do you show how much you love Him by the way that you obey — even in costly or difficult matters? Or do your words of how much you “love God” sound cheap somehow in light of the way you are breaking His commandments?
Could it be written of you, as it was of Solomon, that you loved God, and so you walked in His statutes?