When we read about Solomon in the Bible, we see a king and a kingdom of power and wealth. Indeed, the years of David and Solomon saw the Kingdom of Israel reach its greatest zenith.
But, when historians compare that Kingdom with surrounding kingdoms, it is like comparing Costa Rica to the US. By any physical measure, Israel was small. Yet, its presence was large. Those two kings managed to remain independent while sandwiched between Egypt and Assyria, either of whom would have considered gobbling up Israel a light snack.
That is not to downplay the importance of David and Solomon, but we must always remember that God chose to work through a small, insignificant band of nomads to prove His point that nothing good comes without the power of God. He topped off that point by sending His Son to live a completely human existence without the assistance of angels or any of the trappings of kingship.
God of Power does not work in this world through the power players. God works through the poor, weak, suffering, downtrodden; through the day laborers, the migrant harvesters, those who cannot read but know the Word of God, those who give up the world’s riches to gain His presence.
Those are the people who hear Jesus speak of a mustard seed and know that it is not about the large plant that comes out of the tiny seed. It is about the mighty power of the Word of God that can work in any life that will accept it. The people carrying around mustard seeds do not appear all that exceptional—they have no shrubs growing out of their ears. It is the power of God that gives the seeds their expansion.
Solomon was wise, but he forgot that all that wisdom came from God. He forgot to use it for God’s plans.
Perhaps he should have asked for the faithfulness of Abraham.
See my comments on the New Testament portion of today’s scripture from July 27, 2014 here.
Be righteous and do good.