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Beware of the Solomon Effect!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

I love the first nine chapters of 1 Kings, the story of King Solomon. Every time I read it, I’m reminded and warned again to avoid the “Solomon Effect”. Here it is: when Solomon was young and pursuing bold goals like building the Temple (a seven year project) and constructing his home (a thirteen year endeavor), he stayed close to God and put Him first. But just about the time his major objectives were accomplished and he had become fabulously wealthy—and perhaps bored—he turned his attention to 700 wives, 300 concubines and began to worship their idols. In other words, the older and wealthier Solomon became, the dumber he got! Wisdom doesn’t’ always come with age. In fact, when we become wise in our own eyes we can forget about God and depend more on our own assets and genius than the Lord’s; the Solomon Effect.

God warned Solomon about this possibility and spelled out clear consequences for leaving His ways. But Solomon strayed anyhow. If this can happen to a man of whom God declared was wiser than any before him or after him, it can happen to any of us. Beware the Solomon Effect. Just because you grow old doesn’t necessarily mean you grow up or get wise. Consider Job 32:9: Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice.