Daily D – 1 Kings 10:23-25
1 Kings 10:23-25 So King Solomon became richer and wiser than any other king on earth. People from every nation came to consult him and to hear the wisdom God had given him. Year after year everyone who visited brought him gifts of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules. (NLT)
When God says, “No other gods,” what does he include? Solomon’s gods included wealth, entertainment, sex, power, and even God’s gift of wisdom. He enjoyed being the smartest man in the room. He apparently thought he was smarter than God. Whereas his father was a God and God Alone leader, Solomon was a God and other gods leader.
This did not end well. First Kings 11 is one of the saddest chapters in the Bible. First Kings 10 begins well, but then takes an unwholesome turn as the Queen of Sheba and all her attendants began their trip home. As impressive as everything was to the Queen of Sheba in verses 1-13, Solomon apparently thought they were not quite as impressive as they could be.
He made a decisive shift from significant wisdom and wealth into extravagance in all things. He very nearly had it all. Then, just as it turns out in our day, it had him. Richest man in the world? Smartest man in the world? Got it. And so, so much more.
Extravagance cost him almost everything. It still demands too high a price.
I wonder if the Apostle Paul had Solomon in mind when he wrote to his protege Timothy:
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content,” (1 Timothy 6:6-8 NLT).
The greatest gain is not in what we horde but in how we use what God gives us to serve others in a manner that honors him and builds up those others.
How has God enriched your life? How are you using those gifts to edify others?
Jesus said, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!” (Matthew 10:8 NLT).
What will you give as freely as you have received?
I will live a life of extravagant generosity.
Our Father, you have enriched each of us with something. Show us how to invest those good things into the lives of others so they may know your goodness, kindness, and generous benevolence. Empower us to live with open hands to freely receive and freely give. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“