Downfall:The Rise & Fall of a Kingdom

“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

  • 1 Kings 3:7-9

 

It was supposed to be my dream team.  A team made up of the best softball players I know.  We were going to be invincible.  We should have dominated the tournament, but instead I think we lost 4 out of 5.  Humbly we were forced to admit defeat and head home early.  

 

No one expects to get tripped up.  No one sets out on a hike thinking, “today is going to be a great day to take a fall.”  No, it often catches us by surprise.  But what if there were some warning signs we could pay attention to?  What if we could avoid it?  What can we learn from the Downfall of others so we can avoid making the same mistakes?  

 

Solomon was only about 20 years old when he became King of Israel.  He was young, inexperienced and tasked with not only ruling God’s chosen people, but with building a temple worthy of God.  Talk about overwhelming circumstances.  So when the Lord appears to Solomon in a dream and encourages him to ask for whatever he wants, Solomon asks for wisdom.  

 

Kingdoms rise and fall with wisdom.  Wisdom can build a great nation, a strong kingdom, a house that stands.  But the absence of wisdom, or a choice to ignore wisdom’s advice can be costly, and eventually it would cost Solomon the kingdom.  We may not be building a monarchy, but each of us have “kingdoms” of our own.  No matter how hard we try though, no kingdom is invincible when we build them in our own strength.  Instead, we are encouraged from Solomon’s story to build our kingdoms with the wisdom of God.  

 

In Christ’s Service,

 

Pastor Gordon