Wise and yet a fool.

In 1 Kings 11:1-13, we see that Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived but he was also one of the greatest fools.  Solomon allowed his love for foreign women over shadow his love for God.  As Solomon was getting old he began to love his relationships with women more than God.  Solomon broke one of the first things God told the nation of Israel to avoid.  He married women from other lands and they brought with them their idols and gods.  Solomon started to accomodate these women and built altars to their gods.  It may have started out as a minor thing but soon Solomon was worshipping these idols with his foreign wives.  Solomon lost out with God because he let the things of this world cloud his vision when it came to God.  Goad had told him from the beginning that if Solomon followed the Lord he would have success and his kingdom would be established.   But because of idol worship he and his family lost their power base.  The nation of Israel later would be torn in two.  How could a man be so wise and yet so foolish at the same time?  It shows that even the wisest can be taken in by the world.  That is why it is so important to follow the Lord and not to let anything get between us and our relationship with God.  Two insights I have are as follows.  Real change happens when we have the discipline and courage to make it.  The priceless love of God was shown in the value of the gift of His Son.  Your promises today.  John 3:16, James 1:5 and Prov 3:5-6.