1 Kings 11:4(KJV)
“And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom.”

The wise learn by watching others.

Every person we come into contact with is a walking textbook on how to succeed or, as some would say, how not to fail. An invaluable lesson is we learn from people who cross our paths concern the ethic of give-and-take. If you’ve ever had to compromise on what restaurant you were going to eat at, or what you were willing to pay for a car you want to buy, you don’t need me to explain how it works.

Healthy compromise is demonstrated when we are able to give in without sacrificing our values and beliefs.

Every relationship we enter into has an element of give-and-take if it is to remain healthy. One example of compromise that ended in tragedy is the story of Solomon.

The Bible says, “So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. Now all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart”(1 Kings 10:23-24).

He sounds like a man I would have wanted to know Wise. Respected. The consummate ruler, who understood the value of obedience to God’s laws.

Yet he deliberately disobeyed God’s warning in Deuteronomy 7:3 about intermarriage with people of other religions. There was not even the slight hint or pretense about ignorance of the law. He compromised what he knew was true and took “seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart” (1 Kings 11:3).

No man ever soared so high and fell so low.

If you are looking for a single event that bought Solomon to his ultimate end, you have to start with a thought.

That’s where compromise begins and spirals into a tragic conclusion.

In Solomon’s case, you can tract the process. There were signs that he was headed in the wrong direction. Disobedience is the first clue. Ignoring God’s warning, Solomon set the process in motion with a decision to do what felt good.

The process went like this:

1 – Admiration inevitably led to association.
2 – Association was the prelude to involvement.
3 – Involvement resulted in possession.
4 – Possession concluded in collapse.

There wasn’t anything terribly ominous or threatening in the beginning of the process- and that’s the first point to note.

Satan never comes on like a herd of wild horses to scare us away.

Rather, he disguises his true intent. What started as a thought in Solomon’s mind exploded into tragedy.

There are consequences for our decisions.

Even when our actions are based in what we believe to be good reason.

The next time Satan attempts to entice you with wrong doing, consider the ultimate consequences and reject his advances.

Although you may not pay the price for your decision immediately, the price will be paid and in most cases it will result in tragic circumstances.

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