Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 9:1-10:29 (additional reading: Psalm 130:1-8 and Proverbs 17:2-3)
Compromise can be beneficial when it promotes cooperation without sacrificing moral values. Solomon, however, disobeyed God’s instruction for his life and leadership of Israel. The Lord told him, “If you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever” (1 Kings 9:4–5). Unfortunately, Solomon chose to disobey God to build the kingdom, which ironically left Israel a “heap of ruins” (v. 8).
When you take one step in the wrong direction—a direction that you know is unwise and can lead to ungodly actions and ultimately destruction. Of course, the enemy’s lie to you is: “A little bit of that is not going to hurt you. You can handle it.” However, every time you step across the line, you endanger yourself in ways you don’t even realize. That first step is dangerous, get back on the right side of the line.
Compromise usually begin in small, insignificant ways, so it’s easy to underestimate it’s potential for damage. Compromise isn’t usually a huge act of disobedience; more often, it starts as a minor slip in your thinking or behaviour toward God. The slope becomes slippery, and each subsequent act of disobedience is easier to rationalize. Every little accommodation weakens your conscience and makes it more difficult to reverse the downhill trend.
Lowering your standards weakens your character, hurts your personal testimony, and hinders your prayer life. Compromise will also corrupt your thinking. While you may believe you’re making accommodations in just one area, every aspect of your life will be affected. For example, once honesty has been breached in some form, it becomes easy to stop upholding the truth elsewhere
So what is the lesson? Avoid compromise—make God’s Word your standard of conduct. Never compromise your doctrine. Make God’s Word your standard for every area of your life. Begin every day on your knees and obey the initial promptings of the Holy Spirit.