26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her. 27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account: 28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found. 29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
Who better than Solomon would know the outcome when someone leaves their “first love”, God, and looks for other “loves” whether in a person(s) or object.
“Other loves” were the down fall of Solomon. He probably realized as he penned the book of Ecclesiastes how different his life would have been if he stayed true to his “first love”, God.
Let’s look at I Kings 11:1-8 to see how much Solomon had sunk into sin.
1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3 \And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. 7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods
As he continues this portion in Ecclesiastes, he says God is not to be blamed but man. God makes man “upright” but man seeks out “many inventions”. Man is always trying to “out smart” God. When will we learn? We can never “out smart” God. Man from the beginning of time has tried but each and every attempt has failed. From Adam and Eve with the fruit to the tower of Babel to Nebuchadnezzar declaring he was a god. Each “new invention” has failed to get the desired result.
God is the creator of the universe! God made man and knows all that is in man. We need to worship and praise HIM for all He is !!
This week, “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 29:2
Have a blessed day,