Because of Solomon's sinful lifestyle, God had declared that the kingdom of Israel would be divided. This week, we see that over just a few generations after David, Israel had gone back into idol worship. We need to be diligent in our daily lives to pursue God, and we also need to watch that we invest God's plan to our children and grandchildren.
The world tells us that we are all naturally good people. Scripture, however, tells us of our need for God’s grace to overcome our sinful natures. Individually, this grace gives us freedom from worrying about just ourselves. As a church, we are called to show this grace to others, bring them into God’s family, and mature in loving and serving each other.