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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Achilles Heel (1 Kings 11)

What's your Achilles heel? Solomon was the wisest person who ever lived. God had given him wisdom that far exceeded any other human being.

Yet Solomon turned away from God and disobeyed Him because of his attraction to beautiful women who refused to obey and follow God. This was Solomon's Achilles heel.

1 Kings 11:1-3 [1] King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. [2] They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. [3] He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.

1 Kings 11:10-11 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command. So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.”

If Solomon with all of his wisdom turned away from God and disobeyed Him, I’m in big trouble.

In trying to please his wives, Solomon not only built altars for them to worship pagan gods, he worshiped them as well.

Solomon knew God’s laws and ordinances. So why did he marry ungodly women? Could it be for the same reason his father leaned in to get a closer look at Bathsheba? Or could it be for the same reason we lean into temptation to get a closer look rather than turning away and running to God?

The eyes of our heart start longing for the sin rather than for the Savior. After staring at it, we start justifying why it’s really not a bad thing. Then we take a step towards it, lean in, and engage. We even try to convince others that the reason for our sin is justified and really not a bad thing.

But nowhere in this are we thinking, “Lord, am I glorifying You?” or “Lord, please protect me from this temptation," or "Lord, I know I have sinned."

We know we are not glorifying God. But at the moment we are allowing ourselves to be drawn towards sin, we're not thinking about God. We want what we have convinced ourselves we deserve, just like Solomon and David did.

Lord, I’m guessing every one of us goes through this challenge. Whether it is a sexual desire, an unhealthy food choice, or wasting away in front of a TV or phone, we choose the sin rather than turning away from the temptation, calling out to You for help, and running away from it. Lord, please fill me with the desire to stay in Your Word and keep the eyes of my heart so focused on You that I can’t possibly be attracted to the temptation which is constantly dangled before my eyes. Lord, when the temptation does appear before me, please strengthen me to turn the other direction and run back to You. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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