In 1 Kings 1, David’s son Solomon is anointed king over Israel. Solomon, we are told, was a good king who, when asked by God for anything he wished, wished for wisdom to rule God’s people; this pleased the Lord very much. Solomon started out loving the Lord and walking in His statutes (1 Kings 3:3), however by the end of his life, things had changed. When he was old his wives turned his heart away from the Lord, and he did not wholly follow the Lord…he was not wholly true. Does that last phrase sound familiar? I should hope so. This phrase is used several times in the book of 1 Kings, usually to describe an unfaithful king, and it is this phrase that we want to look at in this article.
Inherent in the phrase “not wholly true” is the idea of being “partly true.” If I did not wholly eat my vegetables, I did at least eat some of them. So, at first reading, we may think that though Solomon was not totally good, at least he was partly good; however in 1 Kings 11:6 God equates not wholly following Him to doing evil. I believe this teaches us something about God; God does not accept second place in our lives. Being semi-committed to the Lord is not good enough. In Mark 12:28ff, a lawyer asks Jesus what the great command in the law was, to which Jesus responds, “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30 ESV).
Bottom line, God doesn’t want us to love Him with some of our heart, soul, mind, and strength; He wants it all.