The Secret of the Wealth of Solomon
2 Chronicles 2:6-12
6 And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. 7 On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” 8 And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?” 11 And God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life–but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king– 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”
1 Kings 3:3 – And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David……..
When we talk about wealth and riches in the bible the first person that comes to mind is Solomon. Today we will explore the secret of his wealth. My first observation is that God is the source of Solomon’s wealth and Solomon knew that. This implies that God is not against wealth or you being wealthy and he does not want you to be uncomfortable talking to him about or expecting wealth from Him.
However, wealth and riches were not the primary focus of Solomon, God and pleasing God was Solomon’ primary focus. From the above scripture we see that Solomon gave a thousand burnt offerings to the lord. He didn’t have to, one offering would have been sufficient but he gave a thousand to express his love and worship to God. You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving.
His sacrificial giving caught God’s attention and that night God came to him and asked him for what he wanted. Solomon’s answer revealed his heart. People’s secrets are in their stories. Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge to fulfil the assignment God has given him. Not only was Solomon a sacrificial giver, he was a committed God pleaser. He made what was important to God his business and his life goal. And God responded to the heart of Solomon with these words:-
“Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life–but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king– wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”
God responded firstly to what was in the hand of Solomon with His presence, and secondly God responded to what was is in the heart of Solomon with answers to his prayers, including riches, wealth and honour. This confirms what Jesus said in Matthew 6:33: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
So my question to you is what is in your hand and what is in your heart? This is a major key to the type of response you will get. God is always the same, whatever, he did for Solomon, He will do for you. Solomon brought an extravagant offering to God and made God’s purpose his most prominent goal. Since I found this secret, I adopted it and I have found that the giving life is the wining life. I also made pleasing God in everything I do a major priority. Not only in church but everywhere, and God has always blessed me with honour, favour and material things as well. When you make God first, you will not be last.
For further study:
1 Kings 3:: 3-14
Personal declaration for the day:
God is my top priority.
Questions for you to reflect on:
What is the most important thing to you?
How does it relate to what is the most important thing to God?