Re:Verse passage – 2 Chronicles 9:13-31 (day six)
11 God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— 12 I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!” 2 Chronicles 1:11-12
While we can lament Solomon’s waywardness, that is not the purpose of this closing chapter on Solomon’s reign. With the chronicler’s emphasis on his political and economic wisdom, along with his astronomical wealth, it serves one purpose-a declaration that God keeps his word.
At the very beginning of his reign, God promised Solomon wisdom, wealth, and influence, and he kept his word. The people reading this history (a few hundred years later) had returned to a dilapidated city and a leveled Temple, they needed reminding that God is a promise keeper; that they weren’t forgotten.
So, don’t let your circumstances rob you of hope. Our God keeps his word; he is making good on his promises. Already we are a redeemed people through Jesus, and one day he will finish what he started. That’s a promise.