2 Chronicles 8:11 (NIV) 11 Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, “My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the LORD has entered are holy.”
On verses 1-18: In these verses we read about some of the activities Solomon engaged in after he built the temple and his own palace, such as cities that he developed (v2-6), peoples he ruled over (v7-10), sacrifices that he made and work that he did at the temple (v12-16), and riches he accumulated (v17-18).
Notice in verses 12-16, Solomon goes to great lengths to make sure that the offerings he gives at the temple as well as the way the priests and Levites conduct their services at the temple are all in strict accordance with Moses’ commands and his father David’s orders (v12-16). Solomon is painstakingly devout in this particular area of his life. But in other areas of his life, we see Solomon starting to compromise his faith. For example, Solomon knew full well that God’s Word commanded against marrying an unbeliever, yet Solomon goes ahead and marries Pharaoh’s daughter, who did not believe in the God of Israel or worship Him. Knowing that he has disobeyed God’s command, Solomon refuses to let his wife enter his father David’s palace because, in Solomon’s own words, “My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the LORD has entered are holy.” So instead he builds a separate palace for his unbelieving wife (v11).
That’s the cost of compromising our faith. When you compromise your faith, you complicate your life. When we compromise our faith, we end up in these awkward, costly, unnecessarily complicated situations where we’re not really pleasing anybody and where we’re probably quite stressed ourselves. May we learn from Solomon’s mistake. May we not compartmentalize our faith where we go out of our way to honour God in one area and then compromise in other areas. Let’s live simple lives that are all for Jesus alone.
Heavenly Father, may I not complicate my life by compromising my faith. May I simply live in You and for You, for it is You that we find true joy and peace. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!