Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: A young Christian pastor is on fire for God. He founds a church or ministry that goes on to big success. He becomes well-known and beloved by many. Seemingly out of nowhere, scandal strikes. They’ve had an affair, embezzled money, or some other horrible news.
Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye, Jimmy Swaggart, and Ted Haggard are all examples from recent church history. All were devoted followers of Jesus at some point, but somehow stumbled and fell, possibly even forsaking their faith on some level.
King Solomon followed this pattern. It all started so well for Solomon—he asked God for an understanding heart, but received so much more. In addition to becoming the wisest king ever, God also made him the most wealthy and famous in all the earth. And it was great for a time. But as the years went by, even wise King Solomon fell:
So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and did not wholly follow the LORD, as David his father had done. 1 Kings 11:6
You see, for all his wisdom, Solomon still struggled with making himself first priority over God. We’ve seen it time and time again with people. Maybe you’ve had moments of doubt yourself, where you’ve set yourself up as god over Jesus.
If Solomon, the wisest to ever live, couldn’t manage staying connected with God, what hope do we have? Thankfully, it’s not about us, but about Jesus. When you’re experiencing that spiritual high in Jesus, we pray that He would keep that faith burning within us. When we start to slip away, we pray He would reignite our faith and draw us back to Him. So let’s ask Jesus, the author and pefecter of our faith, to do just that: create and keep faith within us.