How Not To Lose It All: A Lesson From Solomon (1)

How Not To Lose It All: A Lesson From Solomon (1)

So the Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not keep what the Lord had commanded. Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.
– 1 Kings 11:9-11

We have read about how Solomon comported himself into an encounter with God and thereafter became a recipient of such great wisdom and massive wealth. He achieved these by putting the people’s needs ahead of his own.

However, Solomon abused the opportunity given him and could have been stripped of everything he had, but for the grace enjoyed by David, his father, in the eyes of God.

To achieve the heights of his opulence, Solomon had asked for things that would enable him to be a blessing to others: “…Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge these great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:6-9)

In this passage, apart from “you” and “your” – two words that draw attention away from the self – one other word that recurs the most is “people.” Solomon positioned himself in the favour of God by seeking for ways to cater to what matters most to God – people. And God gave him more than he asked so that he could adequately fulfill his desire.

But then, his focus changed, and with that his agenda; and he started to displease God.

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The Secret of the Wealth of King Solomon (Final)

The Secret of the Wealth of King Solomon (Final)

And Solomon said: “…Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
1 Kings 3:6-10

Solomon set the stage for an encounter with God by his unassuming obedience and sacrifice. And God indeed appeared to him asking him to tender his request. If he had asked for anything in tandem with the will of God, God would have willingly granted such to him. But Solomon blew the mind of God with his request, and there lies the real secret behind his phenomenal resources. He did not ask for long life, riches or any material thing; he only asked for an understanding heart to judge the people, so that he would not maladminister justice, acquitting the guilty and convicting the innocent. He sought how he could be a blessing to people rather than a liability. His primary preoccupation was people, not himself, and that was how he got God.

Humans have always been the most important asset to God. He is absolutely in love with us, watching over us, tending, protecting, feeding, nurturing and always seeking for ways to bless us (John 3:16). And, anyone who shares that spirit of benevolence to humankind will always be God’s favourite. Solomon asked for a discerning heart to be a blessing to people, and he got more than he bargained for.

If you study the lives of super-rich people, it will not take you long to learn about their benevolent disposition. Next to Solomon, the richest man in world history was John D. Rockefeller, and this is what historians wrote about him: “Rockefeller got his first job at 16 as a bookkeeper. In a move that portended his lifelong commitment to philanthropy, he tithed 10% of his income – from his first paycheck on – to charity. As his wealth grew, so did his charitable contributions. When he died in 1937, Rockefeller had given away half of his amassed fortune, and established philanthropic foundations to continue giving after his death.

Here is another account about Andrew Carnegie, another super-rich: “Carnegie was a big proponent of philanthropy – in a famous 1889 essay “The Gospel of Wealth,” he wrote that wealth should be distributed to promote the welfare of other people and enrich society. True to his words, Carnegie gave away more than $350 million or almost 90% of his fortune.

God is willing to commit all to whoever is willing to pass it on. He doesn’t commit much to hoarders. Those who scatter what He offers to bless others are His favoured recipients for more.

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The Secret of the Wealth of King Solomon (4)

The Secret of the Wealth of King Solomon (4)

Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
– 1 Kings 3:4-5

Solomon set the stage for a divine encounter with his obedience and offering. And God honoured these by appearing to him and asking him to make a request. While obedience and offering were enough to position him – and anyone for that matter – for prosperity according to the word of God (1 Kings 2:3, Proverbs 11:24), there was something extra that Solomon did that provoked God to give him far more than he asked for.

When the LORD appeared to him in the dream and asked him for what he wanted; it wasn’t wisdom that Solomon asked for, as usually bandied, he actually asked for an understanding heart. But he touched a very sensitive chord in the heart of God with his request. He asked for something that matters the most to God, which made Him release all to him. Let’s read Solomon’s request:

And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing (1 Kings 3:6-10).

Did you observe a pattern in Solomon’s request? Did you see what he asked for that got God rocking with excitement such that He was too eager to give him much more than he asked for?

If you do, please reply us with your answer or post it in the comments box or on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/DailyDewDevotional. We will conclude this series tomorrow with the answer and that secret that earned Solomon such great wisdom and massive wealth.

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The Secret of the Wealth of King Solomon (3)

The Secret of the Wealth of King Solomon (3)

Today we continue with part 3 of our series on the secret of the wealth of King Solomon.
Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
– 1 Kings 3:4-5
We are still meditating on Solomon’s principles to acquiring such wisdom and wealth, which are famed to be unmatched by anyone else before or after him. The passage above acquaints us with another step Solomon took to attract the attention of God – he made a phenomenal sacrifice to God; he offered a thousand burnt offerings in a single day!
Note that he was not told by anyone what to give; neither was he compelled by a prophet to make the offering. He did it of his own free will, no counseling, no preaching, and no altar call to make a pledge. He made up his mind himself and set out to the high place to offer such massive sacrifice to God. It is also noteworthy that he did not set out to give so that God could give him more; he had no such intention. He did not give as a form of bargain with God. He gave out of his volition and without an ulterior motive.
It seems most of the giving we do these days are laden with personal agenda. We give in order to arm-twist God to give us more in return, and the situation where some clergies harangue the congregation into making specific financial pledges don’t seem to help matters. Giving becomes compromised when it is done as a transaction, and not as a gesture of love or appreciation. The Bible is clear on how it should be done, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”” (2 Corinthians 9:7, NLT). Another translation says, “God loves a man who gives because he wants to give” (NLV).
Solomon was in the category of people who give because they want to give. No wonder God appeared to Him and presented him with a blank cheque to ask whatever he wanted and he would have it. Perhaps, we can learn from his example.
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The Secret of the Wealth of King Solomon (2)

The Secret of the Wealth of King Solomon (2)

Here is the second instalment in continuation of our series on The secret of the wealth of King Solomon.

Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.
– 1 Kings 3:11-13

This is the divine statement that settled the unmatched wisdom and wealth of Solomon. He so impressed God with his request that God was too eager to give him more than he asked for. But, how did Solomon get there? What did he do to attract the attention of God in the first place?

After being crowned the king of Israel, Solomon took heed to obey the instructions given to him by David, his father. As David was nearing his death, he charged his son to be devoted to God and thus gave him a secret to unlocking the door of prosperity irrespective of his location or vocation. He said: “And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn” (1 Kings 2:3).

David also gave Solomon specific instructions concerning Joab, Barzillai, and Shimei; all of which he executed to the letter. So we see that Solomon began to set the stage for an encounter with God through his obedience. He did not start out by effecting his own idea about how to do things. He was unassuming in his adherence to the instructions given to him by his father, as spelled out in the word of God. That was the starting point of his pleasing God and positioning himself for His blessing. Perhaps, we can learn from his example.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The Secret of the Wealth of King Solomon (1)

The Secret of the Wealth of King Solomon (1)

All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for this was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon. The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones.
– 1 Kings 10:21,27

Our meditation for the next few of days will be on the secret of King Solomon’s wealth; what lesson we can learn from his principles and how we can apply such in our own lives to unlock the door of abundance and put an end to a life of struggles and lack.

Although historians have not arrived at a consensus value of King Solomon’s wealth as well as well what his holdings amounted to in dollars, he was arguably the wealthiest man in history. According to Wikipedia: “King Solomon held a fortune that dwarfed any and every person who lived before him, making him the wealthiest man in the world. Each year, Solomon received 25 tons of gold. This did not include income derived from business, trade, nor the annual tribute paid to him by all of the kings and governors of Arabia. King Solomon’s throne was coated in pure gold and inlaid with ivory. It had 6 stairs, 12 lion statues (1 on either side of each step) and a solid gold footstool…

“All of the goblets and household articles in Solomon’s palace were pure gold. King Solomon was reportedly so rich, that during the years of his reign over Jerusalem, his immense wealth caused silver to be considered of little value and as common as rocks. As such, nothing in Solomon’s palace was made of silver. The same devaluation was noted of cedar wood; a lumber which, at the time, was considered to be of great value and significance, both monetarily and non, for many societies throughout the region and beyond.”

The interesting thing is that all of Solomon’s wealth was endowed by God. If He did it for him; He can do it for you too. We’ll continue the exposition tomorrow.

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