A relationship that matters

Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides the daughter of the king of Egypt he married Hittite women and women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Sidon. He married them even though the Lord had commanded the Israelites not to intermarry with these people, because they would cause the Israelites to give their loyalty to other gods. Solomon married seven hundred princesses and also had three hundred concubines. They made him turn away from God, and by the time he was old they had led him into the worship of foreign gods. He was not faithful to the Lord his God, as his father David had been. He worshiped Astarte, the goddess of Sidon, and Molech, the disgusting god of Ammon. He sinned against the Lord and was not true to him as his father David had been. On the mountain east of Jerusalem he built a place to worship Chemosh, the disgusting god of Moab, and a place to worship Molech, the disgusting god of Ammon. He also built places of worship where all his foreign wives could burn incense and offer sacrifices to their own gods. – 1 Kings 11:1-8 GNT

What was it that caused Solomon to move in his relationship with God to a place where God was no longer an active part?

It would seem that Solomon somehow lost sight of that fact that he was not wise – rather the wisdom he had was a gift of God. Somehow in seeing God answer prayer that He began to take his relationship with Him for granted. Somehow there were more important things to do than to spend time in prayer at the temple. Most importantly, something had taken the place in his heart and it became rooted there – sex. That might be too obvious. Maybe it was his ability to woo and win the hearts of women that made him feel worthy or of value – something that he did not look for from God. Most likely he knew God knew and as a result decided to look for value in another place.

Then he thought he could handle it, control it, keep everything in order.

Here is the problem – I noticed that he failed to introduce his God to these women. He probably did not even introduce his God to them because he knew the very existence of them in his life violated the relationship God had asked from him.

A slippery slope indeed that saw him slipping and sliding and destroying the nation of Isreal for hundreds and hundreds of years.