Divine Peace: One Of The Secrets Of Solomon’s Prosperity
Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim
January 16, 2018
Have you ever wondered how King Solomon prospered? Yes, we know that his prosperity was of God, but it’s important to know exactly how God prospered him.
In my study, I discovered that Solomon had six sources of wealth: his inheritance from his father, David, who was a wealthy man; tributes from other kingdoms; victuals from within his kingdom; gifts and royalties from those who came from all over the world to hear him; his numerous businesses; and from taxes.
Knowing that is good, but I discovered that that isn’t the secret. The secret is found in 1 Kings 4:24, “For he had dominion over all the region on this side of the River from Tiphsah even to Gaza, namely over all the kings on this side of the River; and he had peace on every side all around him.” I Kings 4:24
When we talk about peace, we don’t really understand how powerful and important it is. Let me summarize it this way: God gave Solomon peace which made other kingdoms submit willingly to him; therefore, they served him all the days of his life and gave to him continually!
Peace on every side ensured that there was a ceaseless flow of prosperity to Solomon. There was no war, so there was no disruption of Solomon’s streams of income.
Prosperity is always tied to peace. Psalm 122:6-7 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.” When you enjoy this peace, you will prosper in business and on your job; it will bring you favour, increase and promotions! Even your health and your family will prosper! It brings all round prosperity!
You want to enjoy this peace? It’s easy! Proverbs 16:7 says, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” That’s exactly what God did for Solomon! Even those who didn’t like him gave to him and did business with him! And the moment Solomon stopped pleasing God; when he backslided and began to worship idols, the Bible says that God stirred up adversaries against him: he lost the peace, and his wealth began to dwindle. After Solomon’s death, the kingdom was divided and only a little portion was left for Solomon’s son.
You want to enjoy divine prosperity? Live a life that pleases God. Job 22:21-25 says, “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart. If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.” Wow!
Make up your mind today to please God: there’s so much you can gain by that alone. 1 John 3:22 says, “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”
God bless you.
Chinaemerem Ibezim is the pastor of Able Ministers Chapel in Calabar