God had prohibited the Israelites from intermarrying with the nations surrounding them (Deut. 7:1-4). This was to preserve religious, not racial, purity, as is made clear in 1 Kings 11:2: “for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon was an extreme example that proves the rule. With seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines, and likely most of them foreigners, his heart was literally turned in a thousand different directions.
Notice the emphasis on the “heart” in these first four verses. The writer of 1 Kings wanted to make sure we understand that Solomon suffered from a terminal heart condition: the divided heart.
Sin doesn’t just happen because of something external, something happening “out there.” The work of sin is primarily internal, the result of something that has already happened “in here.” If you find your heart has been divided, pulled and turned in multiple directions, Scripture provides the remedy for uniting it again: “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name” (Ps. 86:11). Only God can bring together a divided heart.
Have you allowed your heart to become divided over time? Ask God to bring it back together again.