Our love needs purpose. Jesus asks us to love Him. Our faithfulness shows our love for Him. His joy in us shows His love for us.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Pr 3:3
King Solomon meant well. He even had the right “formula” for righteous living:
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Pr 3:5-6
The problem came when he did things according to society and tradition rather than what God had told him. There was first the overall commandment to have one wife and to become one flesh with her:
24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Ge 2:24
Then he had the examples of the godly people in his heritage: Adam and Eve, Noah and his sons (they were all monogamous), Abraham and Sarah (in a negative sense), Joseph and Asenath, and Moses and Zipporah (taken from One Man, One Woman).
He even had Moses’ prediction (Deut. 17:14-15) and admonition:
17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. Dt 17:17a
Solomon should have heeded his own wisdom:
1 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry [Ex. 34:16] with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 1Kings 11:1-4
Most of us do not struggle with having more than one spouse. What we DO struggle with is having more than one Love in our lives. Jesus is to be our First-and only-Love.
Let’s make Him great in our lives today. Let’s keep Him seated on the throne of our hearts, being faithful to Him and Him alone.
As for His joy in our lives:
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 1Pe 1:8
It just doesn’t get much better than that here on this earth.