2 Chronicles 9:22-31 NIVUK
22 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. 23 All the kings of the earth sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 24 Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift – articles of silver and gold, and robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.
25 Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem. 26 He ruled over all the kings from the River Euphrates to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. 27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. 28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from all other countries.
29 As for the other events of Solomon’s reign, from beginning to end, are they not written in the records of Nathan the prophet, in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat? 30 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years. 31 Then he rested with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David his father. And Rehoboam his son succeeded him as king.
In these verses at the end of 2 Chronicles, the reign of Solomon is summed up – this is his legacy. He was a king with unrivalled wisdom, given to him by God. He had wealth and power in abundance. All the monarchs around him were subjugated to him. Prophets and seers wrote about him. Wealth, wisdom, popularity, power; he had it all. But what was his greatest gift? I’d say its none of these, rather on of the final things said about him. After he died he rested (31). Death is not the end but is a transition from one life to the next, and for Solomon and us, as God’s People, the next life is the most treasured thing of all, eternity in relationship with our Father. That is true wealth, and wisdom, popularity and power!
Thank you Father for the most amazing gift, the gift of knowing you.