1 Kings 4
-This chapter speaks of how well things were in Israel under the reign of Solomon as it was united from the Euphrates River in the North all the way down to the border of Egypt in the south (1 Kings 4:21). There was great peace and consolidation of power with a structure for provision (1 Kings 4:1-19, 22-28). The times were prosperous and wisdom was ruling. “Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance; they were eating and drinking and rejoicing (Genesis 22:17; 32:12, 1 Kings 3:8; 4:20).” Solomon’s dominion was a reward for his asking according to the Lord’s will. He had “very great discernment and breadth of mind” along with wisdom that “surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than all men, …and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations. Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom (1 Kings 4:29-34).”
-*Application* It is great to get a reprieve of good times and abundant blessing. There are certainly prerequisites to enjoying the Lord’s pouring out of favor that we should pay careful attention to in this historical narrative. Solomon had things organized and had the loyalty of the people. He sought after the wisdom of God in the beginning rather than the wisdom of man. He was not prideful, but humble and obedient in asking for the wisdom of the LORD, which was given to Him generously without reproach (James 1:5). We too can enjoy the blessings of the Father eventually in our lives when we ask for things in the right way and according to His perfect will and plan. When things go well, don’t forget to thank Him and spend time rejoicing in the best moments of your life. Offer the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15)!
Verses to Memorize: 1 Kings 4:20, 30