You are outside on a pleasant day watering your plants. Then unexpectedly the water stops, no water comes out of your hose. If you have a hose that has quite a long stretch it becomes even more of an imposition to search out that kink that is the culprit to the end of your flow.
But what if I see many kinks in that hose that need to be worked out? Those twist and turns are just a bit of a nuisance but they have to be done. How can one little kink stop the whole flow of water? Remarkable really. It’s the same with our spiritual walk.
We may not be paying attention to those kinks along the way and suddenly we find ourselves feeling desperately dry. We either seek out God’s Holy Spirit to get those kinks worked out or we go in search of water that will never quench our thirst. The best thing to do is not allow those kinks to grow and to deal with them right away. They are called hindrances or obstacles to our walk with Christ.
God's Holy Spirit speaks to us on a daily basis...if we are listening. This is a preventative measure to keep us from having those kinks and blocking our relationship from growing in the Lord. A believer can be satisfied with a little trickle to water their souls but eventually the barrenness will set it. How can we bear much fruit if there is no water, Living Water?
What happened to Solomon. He started off with humility and ended up a pagan idolater. He kept adding foreign wives and concubines that were into divination, sorcery, worship of Moloch, sacrificing their children in the fire.
How could Solomon who was chosen of God, request wisdom to lead Israel then all of a sudden drift into the darkest part of the underworld? He did not come before God and inquire about decisions he needed to make. He made decisions to please his own flesh. He was not counting the kinks in his garden hose and wondering how his plants were going to grow.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)
12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1 Kings 11:1-13 (KJV)
11 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:
2 Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.
7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
9 And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded.
11 Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.
13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.