In the Book of 1 Kings we read about Solomon’s reign as a king. I’m disappointed that such a wise man who wrote the Proverbs, could screw up and lose God’s compassion. Yet, God didn’t punish him at the time, saying, “I am bringing pain and trouble on David’s descendants (Solomon and his son, etc.), but the trials won’t last forever. (1 King 11:39).
Years ago, a young woman lived with me for a few months after being incarcerated for eight months. She had been found guilty for endangering her children by leaving them in care of a man she trusted so she could go to work. While in jail, she had no one to care for her three children and placed them in foster care. Times were tough when she tried to start over, and she let the children be adopted by the foster mother. She landed a job in a fast-food restaurant and eventually received a promotion. When corporate discovered the felony, they fired her because she would be handling large sums of money. It took months to find a new job.
It’s unfortunate when the law, rules, or individuals lack mercy and judge harshly someone like my friend who lost so much because of one indiscretion. If God can give grace to someone like Solomon, man should show mercy on those who need a break.
Lord, help those who are discouraged after paying for their crime. Amen.