Read 2 Chronicles 1
Focus v. 15
Solomon made silver and gold as common as stone in Jerusalem. How is that for a booming economy!? The nation was wealthy because the nation was blessed. The nation was blessed because Solomon was given wisdom by the Lord to rule with justice and equity as his father David had. Living in Israel during Solomon’s reign must have been something like living in America during…well, pretty much any part of the last century… perhaps with the exception of the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Compared to many other parts of the world silver and gold is pretty common here, though perhaps not quite as common as stone. One might also observe that there is also great wealth in other places around the world.
Personally our family has experienced times when our family economy was booming, as well as some times of personal recession. One might expect that the happiness meter might follow the same curve as the wealth meter, but it most often does not. Silver and gold (in our case dollars and cents) is not what makes people truly happy as the kind of happiness that money brings typically runs out when the money does. True happiness is found when we learn the secret of being content. When we learn how to live within our means, generously sharing as we are able, yet without compulsion or obligation, being thankful for whatever much or little we have — it is then that we are able to enjoy to the fullest whatever little or much the Lord has entrusted to us.
It would have been amazing to experience life in Israel during Solomon’s reign, but let us not forget that it is also amazing to be living right where we are in current times.