Now the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice (1 Kings 11:9 NASB).
Autumn leaves don't turn red, orange, yellow or rust all at once. The leaves at the top of the tree turn first and slowly work their way down to the bottom.
In the latter years of King Solomon's life, he began to lose his appetite for the things of God. His life spiraled downward as he neglected spiritual disciplines. The influence of ungodly wives and their false gods ultimately took its toll on his relationship with God.
When our lives begin to unravel we must ask, "What negative influences are we allowing that shuts off the operation of the Holy Spirit?" Failing to remain diligent weakens our resolve and leaves us susceptible to the godless activities around us.
But that isn't what we want, is it? Our intimacy with our heavenly Father is vital. Staying connected to the vine is imperative if we want to be fruitful in our service to the Savior.
Thought for the Day: God supplies all the nourishment we need in his Word.