Not only was Solomon a prolific writer of wisdom literature, he also built a Temple. King David, Solomon’s influential father, was a big help to Solomon as he worked on this monumental building project. When Hiram, a friend of the late King David, heard that Solomon was the new king, he was really happy about the situation and said, “Blessed be the Lord this day, for He has given David a wise son over this great people!” Hiram also agreed to Solomon’s request for shipments of much-needed cedar and cypress timber. It was a win-win situation. With Hiram’s help and support, many men throughout the land were employed and the required supplies were gathered to build the Temple. God blessed the Temple building process from start to finish.
I can’t help but think that David would have been proud of his son Solomon like parents are when their children’s wise choices make the world a better place to live. Living an upright life is a blessing for us now and for our children who come after us.
P.S. The heat of Dubai, even in the cool season, can be oppressive. As I watched laborers, many from poor countries, operate yellow cranes, lifting heavy beams to support modern skyscrapers, I thought back to the Temple being built and all the work and wisdom it takes to make a dream a reality. Hiram blessed God for giving Solomon wisdom. Please pray with me for bosses to bless present-day laborers by generously providing for their needs.