LOVE SHOWERS; SOLOMON DIDN’T GET THE BEST OF IT!

100_0551_1383665698096_lLOVE SHOWERS; SOLOMON DIDN’T GET THE BEST OF IT!

Love unparalleled, love unbeatable, love unsurpassed, love coveted is what I thought, for a breathless moment, that Solomon received from God. Adonijah couldn’t stomach it and I wouldn’t be surprised if gorgeous Absalom had groaned and turned in his grave.

In spite of the ignoble way in which his parents became man and wife, God loved Solomon. Despite the fact that the right to be king after David should naturally fall upon Solomon’s older siblings, God chose him to ascend the throne. Solomon didn’t just become king, God exalted him above his predecessors and none that came after him matched him in wisdom and greatness. Solomon’s fame spread to all the corners of the earth, kings and queens sought his presence and good will, they brought him gifts and when he returned the favor, it was in greater measure. He was lavish and flamboyant in his use of gold, silver, bronze and precious stones.

Though David desired it, the honor of building the Lord’s house fell on Solomon.  However, the details of design and structure was meticulously put together by David under inspiration of the Holy Spirit Solomon was not just instructed to build; he was adequately empowered to do so successfully. He had great wealth delivered into his hands by his father David; he had the support of the whole nation of Israel as well as that of foreign nations. Solomon was prepared and programmed for great success, and the amazing thing about it all is that he did nothing to merit it. God chose to love him, and bestow on him unequaled riches, wealth, honor, glory and fame.

The only thing God asked Solomon in return was love, (see 2 Chronicles 7:16-18). Solomon did his best to express gratitude to God; at the dedication of the temple he offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand bulls and a hundred and twenty-two thousand sheep.  Great sacrifice, so great I wondered what its equivalent would be in today’s world.  Yet, great as it was, without keeping the statutes and commandments of God, it would amount to nothing.

I marvel at the magnitude of God’s love showered on Solomon, with a pinch, no actually a large dose of envy, and the Holy Spirit reminded me gently that greater love than that the Father has showered on me and indeed the whole world. The record is there in John 3:16 and in Romans 5:8 and in John 15:13 and several other scriptures but three witnesses will suffice. The love that God has showered on me, on the whole world, cannot be quantified in gold, silver, bronze and precious stones. Undeserving though we were, God gave us His Son who  died for us, He used his blood to pay the price for our salvation, deliverance, justification, redemption, peace, prosperity, health, joy, eternal life. God used the life of His Son to redeem ours from the power of sin and death.  Jesus gave His life to change our status from “sinner” and “condemned” to “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, called out of darkness into His marvelous light.” God’s love for us changed our status from nobody to children of God, who have obtained mercy, (see 1 Peter 2:9-10)

And the glory is still rising, here’s why; as a children/heirs of God all things are ours, (see Galatians 4:4-7, 1 Corinthians 3:22-23). If all things are ours, then God has not withheld anything from us and if so then a greater than Solomon is here and that is me and you. God loved us so much He didn’t withhold the life of His only begotten Son from us. There is no greater honor, no greater glory, no greater riches, and no greater love than this. We are blessed! Halleluyah!

The only thing God has asked in return is that we love Him back by keeping His commandments, (see 1 John 2:3-6). And that we love each other as He has loved us, (see 4: 7, 11, John 15:12).

Yours sincerely,

Hephzibah Gia

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