Imagine the U.S. wasn’t a representative republic. Instead, imagine our government was set up as a monarchy. Imagine you were made king. You had all the power, all the wealth, etc. How would that make you feel? If you’re like most people, pretty special. You would feel like you were at the top of the world; that the world really was your oyster. But then imagine it all comes crashing down. By your own doing, the kingdom is lost and you are left a shadow of your former self.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to Solomon. He was so full of himself that he did what he wanted, when he wanted, with complete disregard for God’s commandments. His whole world eventually came crashing down. The good news is that he repented. He also came to realize that he was no better than anyone else. The bad news is that his revelation came too late to save the kingdom. Because of his actions, Israel was split in two – on the road to idolatry and eventual destruction.