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Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble. (Proverbs 28:14)
If one fears the Lord, he/she will always be living a life pleasing to the Lord. There are
many who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, but then they are so attached to the world that
they live as they please. Often they harden their hearts and then they land up in troubles,
which could have been avoided if they obeyed the Lord and His word. The Lord is gracious
and long suffering, merciful and abounding in steadfast love, but we must not trespass the
limits that He has kept for us as Christians.
Solomon was blessed abundantly by God, but he trespassed the laws that God wanted him
to obey and the anger of the Lord burned against him.
Some of the things he was not supposed to do, he did and some things that he should
have done as a king, he didn’t do.
According to the law of Moses,
The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the
people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, "You are not to
go back that way again." He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He
must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. When he takes the throne of his
kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the
priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so
that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this
law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from
the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over
his kingdom in Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:16-20)
Solomon broke these laws and God rejected him as king. If we fear the Lord we will be
careful with our words, with our deeds and in all our dealings with others knowing that
the Lord is always watching us. It’s not because we fear that we do these
things; it’s because we love the Lord, because what He did for us is unsurpassable.
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian