May 13, 2022

The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him. Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! Do not spend your strength[a] on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. – Proverbs 31:1-9
If anyone could advise their son about the negative impact of lustful liaisons it was Bathsheba. David almost lost his Kingdom because he went after her rather than lead his army to war. After impregnating her and killing her husband he married her, but they lost their first son. Lemuel, or as you know him as Solomon was given to them as an indication of God's forgiveness of their adulterous affair. Bathsheba knew Solomon had inside him the seeds of greatness, but she also knew that when he became king he could lose his focus by amassing a large harem and having affairs outside of marriage. Both activities ruin rulers—through scandal, blackmail, and palace intrigue between wives trying to exalt themselves and their sons. So, she told him: Solomon don't spend all of your time pursuing women when you become king. Such a pursuit will sap your strength. Such a pursuit will rob you of your vigor.
But Solomon didn't do what Mama told him to do.1st Kings 11:3 says he accumulated 700 wives and 300 concubines; that's not what momma told him to do. 1st Kings 11:4 says that when Solomon got old his wives turned his heart to other gods and he was not fully devoted to the Lord God. To please his wives, he even made sacrifices to other gods. God responded by taking half of his kingdom and giving it to another king. All because he didn't do what Mama said do.
Many of us are financially depleted because we didn't do what momma said do.
Many of us are emotionally devastated because we didn't do what Mama said do.
We wasted our wealth on the wrong women and that's not what momma told us to do.
We spent a good portion of our lives in pursuit of lust and that's not what momma told us to do. She told us to choose a woman of wisdom because charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Did you do what Mama told you to do?
Yours In Community Transformation.

 Rev. Gillard S. Glover


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