By Patrick Hawthorne
Just the other day, I was listening to the radio as I drove to work. Scanning the AM stations, I stumbled upon one of my favorite Biblical teachers, Ravi Zacharias, who was teaching on the life of King Solomon. Sadly, I was late tuning into his program and did not hear the title of his message. However, what part I did hear I knew was orchestrated by the Lord.
“King Solomon was a king without a prophet.”
As Ravi spoke those words my spirit man leaped within me. Ravi went on to discuss how we each have special gifts given to us by the Lord. Yet, without someone to hold us accountable, the gift that is meant to elevate us to new positions in the Lord can actually become the gift that will summon our down fall. Solomon was such a man. There is no recorded account of a man of God standing beside Solomon. No account of a Prophet Nathan standing with a King David.
Aside from the wisdom of Jesus, King Solomon walked in a supernatural wisdom that is unparalleled by any other; a wisdom bestowed to him by God to help him rule Israel in a fair and just manner. In the beginning this wisdom served him well. Yet, later in life this same wisdom, apart from a pursuit of the things of God, could not satisfy his lust for women, wealth, and material possessions.
Throughout the Book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes to the vanity…the meaninglessness…of selfish toil and selfish pursuits. Yet, in the middle of his lament he expresses mankind’s individual need for someone to stand with us; someone to hold us accountable.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
If you are a born again child of the Most High God, you have too been made a king and a priest. Nevertheless, if you see this world as nothing more than an empty ball of gas without meaning, could it be that you too are a king without a prophet? Could it be that you too need someone to come alongside of you who will push you when you get lazy, rebuke you when you stray, and stand back to back with you when the enemy attacks?
I encourage you to reach out to someone who will hold you accountable. Seek someone who understands you and will not give you a pass when the pressures of life or the lust for conquest threatens your walk with the Lord. Be blessed.