Dominion and Peace
In 1 Kings 4:20-34, it talks about Solomon’s daily provisions. Now, if you’ve picked up a Watch The Throne magazine, you’ve read that Solomon’s wealth was $46,645,455,394. And that’s not including the gifts he received from other nations, nor does it include the worth of the temple he created, which would be about $87 billion! Verse 22 in 1 Kings 4 says that Solomon had “thirty cors of the finest flour and sixty cors of meal…” My Bible tells me that a 30 cors of flour is about 5 and a half tons of flour, and the 60 cors of meal would equal about 10 or 11 tons of meal!
These verses in 1 Kings also tell us how much land Solomon ruled over and how much cattle he had.He also had district governors that ‘saw to it that nothing was lacking’ (verse 27). Solomon was one of the best kings of all time for a lot of reasons. He was wise, because God had granted him wisdom, he had a lot of wealth, and he could provide for his kingdom. Verse 25 says, “During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, everyone under their own vine and under their own fig tree.”
If you look up the definition of peace, you’ll find it defined as “freedom from disturbance.” Solomon’s people definitely had peace during his reign. He was a good provider for his people, they didn’t have to worry about what they would eat, they knew they were safe, and they all were united under his reign. If an earthly king can be this good, our heavenly King is infinitely better! In fact, just like Isaiah 9:6 says, Jesus is THE Prince of Peace. We don’t ever have to worry when the Prince of Peace is on our side.
What are you worrying about right now? What is keeping you from having peace? Take a moment in prayer to give it to God.