I must begin by saying this, that he had what he had because it was given to him by God.
That is where it all began God. Jesus said it this way, “ ..without Me you can do nothing..”.
Christ also said “ seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you.”
God is the Alpha ( beginning) and He is the Omega (end), full stop.
We begin with him and we end it all with him. We cannot do it any other way. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and Life, no one goes to the Father but through Me.”
This timeless principle and truth was discovered and treasured by King Solomon. The Bible in I Kings 3:3 clearly declares that, “ Solomon loved the Lord and followed the instructions of his father David…”
He had his heart in the right position. He loved the Lord, and he obeyed his father. Vertically he got it right and horizontally, bingo.
You cannot succeed in life if these two dimensions do not align. Jesus made these dimension even clearer when He said that the Total and Perfect will of God in the Old and New Era is summed up as number 1: “Love the Lord your God with your heart,soul and mind ALL” (vertical line) and number 2: “ Love thy neighbour …” ( horizontal line ).
The horizontal line is as significantly important as the vertical. Most Christians fail mostly on the horizontal dimension. They have no problem connecting with God, being born again, baptized, filled with the Spirit, and doing God’s will for their lives, but when all that is laid on the platform of reality, we fail. We cannot connect the two lines. The Bible says that Solomon, “Followed the instructions of his father David.” His love for God is evident in his subjection to his father.
His love for God and obedience to his father pleased God so much that, after the sacrifices that Solomon offered on various altars, God decided to have an audience with Solomon.
Hang on, let’s say it again. God wanted to speak with Solomon, because he had pleased him. Solomon qualified for an audience with the God Almighty, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, The Alpha and Omega, Judge of all the Earth, because he loved God and he obeyed his father.
Law number five of the 10 Commandments says, “Respect your Father and Mother that you may live long.”
We cannot ignore this platform for success. Our output is configured to our input, they are synchronised, connected, joined. One needs the other; they are like twins. You separate them and they disintegrate, wither away, lose power, self-destruct and cease to function. They die.
So God appeared to Solomon in a dream and said to him, “What would you like me to give you?”
We would probably wish that Donald Trump would say that to you, or Bill Gates or any of those billionaires, but this is God saying to the boy king, “What do you want me to give you?”
And this kid could have said, Lord, I want to be richest man on the face of the earth, and the most famous, or long lived or to cause all his enemies to die, but see what he said in reply: I Kings 3: 8, he says to God “ Give me wisdom to govern thy people…”
What!, what are you going to do with wisdom? Why didn’t he ask for riches, fame, prestige, honour? While Solomon had the rarest privilege, honoured to any one person for his wishes to be granted, he chose wisdom as the one and only thing he desired of the Lord.
So two verses later, verse 10 says, “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this ..” And the Bible goes on to say that God gave him what he did not ask for.
Verse 13 “ I will also give you what you did not ask for, all your life you will have wealth and honour, more than that of any other King. And if you obey me and keep my laws and commands as your father David did, I will give you a long life.”
So let me recap. God wants us to learn these principles for success. These are Divine and Kingdom rules of heaven downloaded in ancient times to benefit all generations, including ours today. These are not fables and myths as some people claim. These are the most powerful tools entrusted to earth and they have the power to lift you and transform your life, career, business and sphere of influence. Your personal life will be rebooted and re-energised, your total being will be revitalised, like never before. Heaven’s resources are now accessible and available in any form, all of the time.
We need to connect God, love him, have peace with him, solve any issue you have with him, especially the sin issue. You don’t need that baggage - let Jesus carry it for you, because it’s far too heavy for you.
You also need to deal with the issues right in front of you, the love thy neighbour part.
Solomon loved his father and followed his instruction, he obeyed his mother and father. Who is “thy neighbour?” It’s everyone in your life, from your close family to your distant relatives, and your enemies as well.
Jesus was once asked by some self-righteous people, “Who is my neighbour?” He answered them, by naming their enemies (the Samaritans ) as their neighbours, because they didn’t get on well, and they had no dealings with the Samaritans. For you to succeed like Solomon, these two dimensions need to be reconfigured, in your life. Let’s look at some of the highlights of Solomon’s wisdom given by God Almighty.
The Bible says; “Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him. And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
“And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house. And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
“And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
“And the other woman said, ‘Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son.’ And this said, ‘No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king. Then said the king, ‘the one saith, this is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
“And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.” (1 Kings 3:16-27)
What do we make of this ruling and governing by the king?
This can only mean, that God has released into the earth kingdom principles to rule and govern whereby the church is the launching pad.
The question then is does the church looks like anything that correctly represents his Kingdom in the earthly realm?The answer is, “far from it.”
We have to be Kingdom people whose lives represent kingdom laws, that present a unique and different perspective to any other belief systems.
God has dropped that gold nugget into our realm by way of King Solomon. It is our duty as Kingdom People to duplicate it into the world.
Brother Iana Aitau
Cook Islands Christian Church