What significance does the word, ‘turned’ have?
Well I just read 1 Kings 11 and it describes a sad thing that happened in the life of King Solomon.
What sad thing?
Well the sad fact that his heart ‘turned’ away from the Lord and after foreign gods.
Why did he do that?
Well he intermarried women who were from othere places and who followed after pagan and detestable religions.
Examples of the state of Solomon’s heart:
Verse 2 – ‘You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you for they will turn away your hearts after other gods.”
Verse 3 – “And he had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines and his wives turned away his heart.”
Verse 4 – “For it was so when Solomon was old that his wives turned away his heart after other gods and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God.”
Verse 9 – “So the Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel…”
And only 2 or 3 chapters earlier we hear of Solomon dedicating the temple in Jerusalem and of his wisdom and of the prosperity and peace in the land under his rule.
Such a shame, such a turning.
Why should I be concerned about this?
Well because there are plenty of things in our land that distract and woo our hearts away from walking with the Lord. Things that tempt us to wander off. Things that aren’t good for us and which lure our hearts away.
So, it is a good reminder to guard our hearts, to stay on track, to keep following hard after Jesus.
Turn your heart towards Him, and don’t fall into the pitfall of letting your heart be turned away to other things…