The Bible is full of conversation about wealth, possessions, and what these things mean in terms of our faith. One of my favorites is when Solomon becomes King of Isreal…
The Bible is full of conversation about wealth, possessions, and what these things mean in terms of our faith. One of my favorites is when Solomon becomes King of Isreal in the book of 1Kings. He has a dream where the Lord asks him, “What do you want? Ask and I will give it to you!” (1Kings 3:4 NLT)
Solomon truly wanted to be of service to the nation he had been entrusted with. His response was, “Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1Kings 3:9 NLT). Can you imagine how you or I might have responded if presented with this question from God? I’m not sure I would have been so selfless or humble in that moment.
God was pleased with Solomon’s request, and replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies-I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for-riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!” (1Kings 3:11-13 NLT)
Yes, this was a dream, but history has documented that Solomon did end up being incredibly wise and wealthy. Solomon’s wisdom is self-evident, given the books of the Bible his wisdom is recorded in. His wealth, however, is less well known. Some estimates put Solomon’s wealth above 2 trillion dollars if measured in today’s values. Not to shabby, considering the wealthiest person alive at this time has a net worth of less that 100 billion dollars.
The point here isn’t that wealth should be our measure of greatness, rather that wealth is a byproduct of wisdom. While not all people will become wealthy, wealth is commonly an outcome of wise living. It is important to note that wealth was not Solomon’s primary objective, and it shouldn’t be ours either. Wisdom comes first, and apart from wisdom, wealth is often squandered on selfish pursuits. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon says that “Wealth is a crown for the wise; the efforts of fools yields only foolishness.” (Proberbs 14:24 NLT).
One wise thing we can do is to reflect on how our finances have been affected by our decisions. Hindsight is 20-20, and can give us a better perspective by which to make future decisions. What lessons can you find in your past that will help you live a wise and prosperous future?
To your well-being,
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