Sunday, July 6, 2014
"On Fire": Is 'He' Who God Would Consider to Be IRRELEVANT to You?
While doing some praying for the "On Fire" women, I found myself re-reading about King Solomon and his, as the Message Version of I Kings 11 puts it, *obsession* with foreign women:
"King Solomon was obsessed with women. Pharaoh’s daughter was only the first of the many foreign women he loved—Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite. He took them from the surrounding pagan nations of which God had clearly warned Israel, 'You must not marry them; they’ll seduce you into infatuations with their gods.' Solomon fell in love with them anyway, refusing to give them up. He had seven hundred royal wives and three hundred concubines—a thousand women in all! And they did seduce him away from God. As Solomon grew older, his wives beguiled him with their alien gods and he became unfaithful—he didn’t stay true to his God as his father David had done. Solomon took up with Ashtoreth, the whore goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the horrible god of the Ammonites."---I Kings 11:1-5(Message)
To obsess with something is to be preoccupied with it. Another definition of obsession is to have something dominate your thoughts, feelings and desires. Ah! So off top, it can benefit all of us to make sure that we are not *obsessed* with being in a relationship or *obsessed* with getting married. God does not give gods to anyone (Exodus 20:3).
As I was looking at how King Solomon's obsession with *foreign women* became his downfall in some ways, it was that word "foreign" that stood out to me. First of all, that it was those kinds of women who seduced Solomon away from the one true and living God and into their infatuation with other gods. Indeed, I'm pretty sure this is why we are told not to unequally yoke ourselves with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:11-18). Their priorities are different. God (along with acknowledging Christ as the Son of God and the Holy Spirit as our divine helper who is on the earth with us now-John 3:16, John 14:26) is not the head of their life and so as women, we have to steer clear of those kinds of individuals being our leaders.
However, there's another thing about foreign that got to me...
When something is foreign, it is "not pertinent or related". In the context of this message, if you are spiritually healthy, something or one that is foreign should appear, not "attractive" but actually "unfamiliar", "abnormal" and "strange". OK, but back to that pertinent word. Pertinent means "pertaining or relating directly and significantly to the matter at hand; relevant". So yes, when something or someone is pertinent to you, it is relevant to you. And when something or someone is relevant to you, they are the following synonyms:
*Spiritually most of all*.
So yes, that's kind of a trip. When King Solomon went "out of the camp" and got with foreign women, he connected himself to women who were not *applicable* to him and his purpose. Who were not *compatible* with him and his purpose. Who were not *fitting* to him and his purpose. Who were not *important* when it came to him and his purpose. Who were not *proper* to him and his purpose. Who were not *suitable* for him and his purpose.
Women who were totally irrelevant. For him.
You know, when we look at the Amplified Version of Genesis 2:18, it says this: "Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him." God made a woman who was *suitable* to Adam, which means that she was *relevant* as well. And yet, even in a state of perfection, even with a woman who knew God, sin entered in (Genesis 3). If that can happen with two people have a relationship with God, why would you possibly want to up the ante, thousands upon thousands of times over, and get with someone who doesn't have a relationship with the Father? Really...what's the *relevance* in that?
So many women are uber caught up with "having a man" or "being in a relationship" that they don't even stop to ponder (Proverbs 4:26) if the individual they desire (or is already with) is actually who God considers to be relevant for their life's path and journey.
If "he's" going to *consistently* lead.
If "he's" going to be *fitting* for her purpose.
If "he's" someone both God and her can be *harmonious* with.
Let King Solomon be a reminder to us all that getting with what's irrelevant is a surefire way to lose a lot of what God has for us.
And if a man does not have a true relationship with God (and Christ and the Holy Spirit-I John 5:8), as a leader and provider and protector of your mind, body and soul?
Honey, don't waste your time on an unnecessary mistake...
He is truly *irrelevant*.