Summary: From the life of Solomon we learn that a good start is not enough. (1 King - pt 1)
"SOLOMON, AGOOD START ISN’T ENOUGH"
TEXT: 1 KINGS 1-11
Have you ever noticed in life that a good start isn’t always enough. Now there is nothing wrong with a good start mind you, but it is often not enough to get us to the finish line or the winners circle.
And if you don’t believe me, the Atlanta Braves who won the first 2 games of this years world series against the Yankees in New York. I think the scores were 12-1 and 6-0. They were pretty excited about their start. But winning those 2 games gave little comfort as they watched their opponents hold that trophy 4 games later.
Or you can ask the 1969 Baltimore Orioles. Who dominated the majors that year. Won 109 games -- more than any other team. And their opponents in the world series was the New York Mets. Everyone expected the Orioles to win easily, and then when they won the first game -- it seemed as though they had it in the bag... But in just 4 more games it would be all over, and the New York Mets would be the ones wearing that World Series ring. In 1969 the orioles and all of Baltimore were convinced of the truth that a good start isn’t enough.
And I think we all have experienced the reality of this truth in our own everyday lives, haven’t we?....
Perhaps we start out real good on a new diet or exercise program....
Or on a project around the house, a class in school, a job in church or in paying off some bills.... I mean we are out of that staring gate like hungry grey hounds chasing a rabbit.....
But time passes and the diet ends, the exercise stops, we fail the class, the job doesn’t get done and the bills are still there.
You see, though there is nothing wrong with a good start -- it just isn’t enough -- is it?
Though Solomon wasn’t the first and he certainly isn’t the last -- Solomon learned this lesson the hard way. And today as we study the life of Solomon perhaps we will learn something, something valuable, something important... Those who have ears will hear and those who have eyes will see.
I. SOLOMON HAD A GOOD START
A. HE HAD A GOOD FATHER
Fathers are important in the raising of children... Though the media and society try to minimize this importance -- there is to those with eyes to see and brains to think, a definite connection between the steady and rapidly increasing illegitimacy rate and the steady and rapid rise of juvenile crime, teen pregnancy and teen STD.
And Not only is it important to have a father -- but it is also important to have a father who is a good man.
To be fortunate enough to be born into a home where the father is present and where the father is also a good man... is to begin life with a good start...
And Solomon was born into the home of King David... Now David was not a perfect man -- he made mistakes (but no one who has ever walked this earth has been perfect except Christ).
And you and I can look at incidents in David’s life and judge Him -- but really, in the final analyses it is only God’s opinion that counts...
And God said this of David,
"HE IS A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART"