1 Kings 4: “Solomon’s Wisdom”
Solomon’s reign was one of prosperity. Here we see a preview of what that looked like. The text says that he had 11 high officials and 12 officers over all Israel. These officers collected from the twelve tribes for provision for the king and his household. His provision is told to us in verses 22-23: “Solomon's provision for one day was thirty cors of fine flour and sixty cors of meal, ten fat oxen, and twenty pasture-fed cattle, a hundred sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fattened fowl.” Finally, Judah and Israel were happy and at peace. Verse 25 says that Judah and Israel lived safely all of the days of Solomon. Solomon had 40,000 stalls and 12,000 horses. We are reminded again of Solomon’s breadth of wisdom, that was incomparable to anyone else. He spoke 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs (imagine having access to all of these). People everywhere came to hear Solomon’s wisdom.
This chapter illustrates how Solomon’s peaceful reign and wisdom actually helped the people. I can’t help but think about our government, and how both sides can’t get along or agree on issues that effect our nation. While Solomon wasn’t perfect, we know that he started well, and that there was peace in and around the land during his reign (4:24-25). God gave him this wisdom so he could rule well. I believe that we should be praying for wisdom for our leaders as well. I believe that praying for our leaders, instead of protesting them is the best thing that we can do for them. Would you pray for them today?