3 Lessons We Can Learn from the Richest Man on Earth

King Solomon has been described as the wealthiest king as well as the wisest man in the history of the world.  Royalty from all over the world would seek an audience with him.  As a result of this profound wisdom, Solomon ended up being blessed with tremendous wealth which will never be duplicated.  Kings and queens would bring tribute of $400 million of gold just to come into his presence.  But how did King Solomon become so wealthy and wise? Humble Beginnings In 2 Chronicles chapter 1, we read that God appeared to Solomon after a day filled with worship and sacrifice and essentially granted him one wish.  Rather than wish for fame or fortune or even health and longevity, Solomon humbled himself before God and recognized the fact that he was incapable of leading God’s chosen people in his own power. So, Solomon asked God for wisdom.  As a result, God chose not only to grant him the requisite wisdom, but also to bless him with great wealth and honor and obviously fame that has stood the test of time. Now Solomon was an illegitimate child, the offspring of King David and Bathsheba.  Remember that Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah whom David had transferred to the front lines and had the other soldiers withdraw so that Uriah was sure to get killed in the fighting.  In this way, David sinned against God and was not allowed to build God’s temple. Yet despite this, Solomon found favor with God and became Israel’s greatest king and author of such timeless financial advice as found in Proverbs 10:4 which says, “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Lessons from Solomon Since we can see that Solomon was incredibly wise and wealthy, what can we learn from him? First , we should begin with praise and worship, humbling ourselves before God.  Solomon spent a day in the temple sacrificing before the altar.  It was only after such a day of praise that God appeared to Solomon to grant him whatever he might wish.  After all, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1). I often fail offer the appropriate amount of praise that is due the Lord but instead focus upon my problems and requests in a disproportionate amount.  It becomes too easy to turn to prayer only when needing something or things are going my way, especially when it comes to finances.  But clearly, that is wrong. Second , we should realize that we don’t have all the answers.  Solomon knew that he needed help to govern the people of Israel and couldn’t possibly undertake such a gargantuan task in his own power and knowledge. I can’t tell you how many poor financial decisions that I have made during my lifetime because I failed to seek God and His wisdom prior to acting.  If I had anything to do over in life, that is probably the one thing that I would change.  I would seek God’s direction over my finances all along the way. Finally , it is only when we prioritize in this fashion that the Lord is able to bless us.  As a result of Solomon’s choices, God decided to bless him in an immeasurable fashion.  Each year, Solomon’s wealth was growing by almost $2 billion in gold alone.  And that is in our inflated economy.  The purchasing power in those days would have been astronomical. I must confess that I am preaching to myself more than anyone else.  I am sure that many of you reading this have already learned these lessons.  But, I know that I have missed out on some good opportunities due to debt that I have incurred and still have to manage. However, I can take comfort in the fact that it is not too late and, regardless of the past, Solomon’s wisdom is timeless, and God’s love is eternal.  Today can be the first day of the rest of my and your financial life.  I am encouraged and looking forward to this journey. Readers, what financial mistakes have you made?  Do you turn to prayer only in a tough spot?  Do you have any encouraging words or lessons to share? This guest post is part of the  CPF Writer Auditions . Jim is Christian father of six who has been married for over 20 years.  He enjoys golf, softball, and spending time with his family when not working hard.  He also writes at CashFlowMantra.com in his spare time (usually while everyone is sleeping). Photo by  tao_zhyn Related Articles: Would you ask God for money… The power to get wealth 4 Ways to Handle Money God’s Way Who really brings the financial increase? Financial lessons from Solomon How To Outwit The Small Foxes That Ruin Finances 3 Things Moses Teaches Us About Money This article was written by a Guest Author. If you would like to write a guest post for our personal finance blog , you can find out how here . The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. Also, many of the CPF articles help us pay the bills by using affiliate relationships with Amazon, Google, eBay and others. Find out more here .

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3 Lessons We Can Learn from the Richest Man on Earth

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