“Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.” 1Chronicles 22:9
Did Solomon deserve to be King of Israel? After all, his mother Bathsheba came into the palace through the back door following an illicit relationship between her and King David.
King David chose to stay back at home when Kings normally led their armies to war (2Sam. 11:1). This was the beginning. While on the roof top King David spotted a pretty woman having her bath. Two issues: King David had probably become less concerned about state affairs. This explains why he chose to stay back at home instead of leading his army to war. He had also started compromising spiritually. What did he do the moment he spotted the naked woman? He kept his eyes on her, in fact lusted after her, then inquired about her and thereafter, committed a terrible sin—had a sexual relationship—adultery with Bathsheba the wife of Uriah the Hittite who was at the war front, where King David was supposed to be. While Uriah was fighting the battle of his life for Israel, which David was King, David was busy at home having some time with his wife! What a shame!
After about a month or two Bathsheba realised she was pregnant for the King. She promptly informed the King who arranged and got faithful Uriah killed at the battle front after several attempts by the King to make Uriah seemingly responsible for Bathsheba’s pregnancy.
Following Uriah’s death and the mourning period, King David took Bathsheba in as a wife. You know too well that the seed of that relationship died as the LORD was displeased with the King (2Sam. 11:27; 2Sam. 12:10 – 14).
However, following a message from the LORD through the mouth of Prophet Nathan regarding his actions and God’s stern position, King David repented (2Sam. 12: 15 – 23.) Thereafter, they had yet another son and called his name Solomon—God is peace. “…And the LORD love him.” (2Sam. 12: 24 -25.) Solomon was also called Jedidiah.
Solomon was loved by God and, of course, by his father. We admit that David committed a blunder through his adulterous act with Bathsheba, murdered Uriah, then, possessed his wife (Exo. 20: 13 – 17; Deut. 17:17), and this caused him 25years of hardship as King. Nonetheless, he soon found one whom God Himself had approved of in Solomon whose mother came in through the back door and was his tenth son eventually become King himself—a perfect replacement.
Did God rule out Solomon as King because of the grievous errors of his father? It was through this same Solomon, tenth in line to the throne (if order was to be followed) whom many may not have regarded because of the numerous mistakes of life surrounding him that God ordained as King over His people ahead of others and used to build a house unto His name (1Chron. 22: 9 – 10.)
What are your life mistakes, which you feel cannot be corrected? Why condemn yourself for life when God Himself has not condemned you? (Rom. 8: 34-35.) Have you not heard that God can make a whole bundle of blessings out of your sins if you repent and turn trials, sufferings and afflictions around for your good? (Rom. 8:28; Jer. 29:11)
God has good thoughts towards His children. Many times we give up on God and feel condemned for life because of weaknesses and sins in our lives. The good news is; God does not give up on His children. All we need do like David is to recognise our sins and repent of them immediately while trusting the Holy Spirit to strengthen us.
You may be in this situation today; do not give up yet as God has good plans for you. Go to Him in prayers asking for His forgiveness and watch Him turn those errors in your life into success.