1 Kings 9:10-28
The Lord had truly blessed Solomon and made his kingdom powerful. Chapter 9 tells us that King Hiram sent King Solomon all the wood and gold he wanted during the construction of the temple and palace. As a thank you Solomon gave Hiram 20 cities. When Hiram went and saw them he was not pleased. He considered them good for nothing. Yet, he sent back a gift of 120 talents of gold. Why would he do that? I think by this time Solomon was so powerful, Hiram was afraid to make him mad.
After building the temple Solomon went on building throughout the area. Adding walls to cities and terracing hilly land for people to live on (the Millo). He did all this construction with forced laborers who were non-Israelites that lived in the land. Any remaining Canaanites were now forced to work for the King. He also built a fleet of ships. Solomon and Israel had been hugely blessed! They had the materials and people to build up their country. God was showing them and the people around them that they were His chosen people and that He takes care of His people.
But who are God’s people today? Many years after King Solomon, Jesus came to save not only the Jews (the people of Israel) but all of us. Today, anyone who believes in Jesus and follows His teachings is a child of God. Because of this we can expect God’s blessing in our lives. These blessing may not be the great wealth that Solomon had but some things are worth more than gold; like family and friends!
Make a list of at least 5 things God had blessed you with.