1 Kings 8-10, 11-13
1 Kings 8:23
and he prayed, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.
King Solomon followed God wholeheartedly for a long time...but then his heart was divided as he set his affections on women that God told him to not marry. Because his loyalties were divided, King Solomon lost favor with God and lost his kingdom too.
But God in His mercy did not destroy him completely. We should take heed that although God is loving, He is also just. When we diligently follow His ways, we can expect His presence and goodness in our lives. But once we begin following our own agendas, we step out of His covering and away from His goodness.
Lord, help me to make time everyday to spend with you so that I can know You and what you desire of me. May my heart not be divided or misled by my circumstance or the culture around me. May your loving kindness cover me and keep me as I seek you first above all else. In Jesus' Name, amen!