I believe that life is made up of various defining moments. These are choices that are so important that they influence the direction of a person's life in an undeniable way, and they reveal the character of the individual. Solomon's defining moment came when he had to choose what to do with foreign women who were, perhaps, enamored with his wisdom. Rather than refusing to have anything to do with them (the wise choice, ironically), Solomon allowed them into his household, took them as his wives and concubines and worshiped their gods. In short, he chose poorly. As a result, his legacy was lost, and Israel was torn from him and his offspring. Sadly, he knew what was right and still chose to do wrong. I wonder how often we do the same. What will you do when your defining moment comes around? I heard someone say once that character is the will to do what's right even when you want to do what's wrong. Based on that definition, Solomon had wisdom wihtout character. My prayer is that I might have both.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.