Not because of any great insight on his part, but rather because King Solomon walked right before God... all of his enemies were made to be at peace with him...
1 Kings 5:4
But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.
Just as the wisdom of God has promised, to all those who reverently fear Him...
When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
But when King Solomon left off following the Lord, swayed by foreign women... whom God had warned would turn his heart away to worship other gods, who are not gods at all but devils... God raised up an adversary to trouble the king...
1 Kings 11:1-2
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 with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.”
Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.
1 Kings 11:14
Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary, Hadad the Edomite, from the royal line of Edom
In fact, if it hadn’t been for a promise God had made to Solomon’s father, King David...
1 Samuel 7:14-15
14 - I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.
15 - But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from [King] Saul, whom I removed from before you.
....He would have torn the Kingdom out of Solomon’s hand whilst he lived...
1 Kings 11:11-12a
11 - So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.
12a - Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime”.
All of this came to mind while I watched an interview where George Galloway [Ever London’s adversary] derided the UK for an election held on the Falkland Islands, where limited by 500 characters, I posted the following reply...
To which I fully expect to be derided by both sides, however the believer has to ask...
“Is God raising-up, not only numerous George Galloways against London’s rule... but other adversaries too?” For I was quickly reminded that God is not a God to be mocked lightly.
1 Samuel 2:30b
Those who honour me I will honour, but those who despise Me will be disdained.
Who because of King Belshazzar’s distain for Him, sent the handwriting of condemnation against the trembling King.
mene, mene, tekel, parson
Tearing Belshazzar’s mighty Babylonian Empire out of his hands in a single night.
Pondering these things, the nature of God and a dream I once had regarding the UK‘s [I really need to repost that] financial ruin, I can’t help wondering if not only the Falklands shall soon be torn out of our grasp, but that God will raise-up Southern Ireland [Or the EU], Wales and Scotland to trouble us too. Whom unlike King Solomon of old, the UK shall not be spared by a promise given to another. We can not any longer live off the grace bestowed upon us because of our once righteous ancestors, the oil has run dry and we are left an empty jar.
Anyway, just a thought. Yet being familiar with God’s Word... I can’t see how He can refrain from rebuking our leadership and this pleasure loving Nation [Of which I was once a fully paid-up member]... whom honouring the rich whilst despising the poor, promotes deviant lifestyles over Biblical marriage and belittles our Lord when hoisting the god of evolution over their spineless shoulders.
It seems to me that rich and poor alike, care little but that they are entertained by the morals and values taught by the likes of ‘East Enders’ and ‘Emmerdale’ whilst sipping upon a Budweiser or glass of champaign. But the party is on it’s last dance, the lights have come on and we stand gazing upon a filthy floor and walls stained with spilt beer. Who are only beginning to realize the filth of excess in which we have lived. Because the foundation have been exposed and all that is beneath are worms and gravel... God’s sure foundation stones having long been dug-up and cast away... replaced now with ‘Gay TV’ ‘Coronation Street’ and money worshipping programmes.
I believe that unless London turns from its present course, it shall soon be shipwrecked upon the shores of madness, reigning over a stoney beach, its once mighty Kingdom scattered to the wind. For we forget that God owes us nothing, and our ancestors riches we have long since traded for pleasure.