|Today’s Scripture: And all king Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon. 1 Kings 10:21|
Silver and gold, silver and gold
This song from the Christmas TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” tells how many people treat the things and wealth of this world. However, our verse today tells how King Solomon had amassed so much that silver was absolutely worthless. Here is an excerpt from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on today’s verse.
“Solomon increased his wealth. Silver was nothing accounted of. Such is the nature of worldly wealth, plenty of it makes it the less valuable; much more should the enjoyment of spiritual riches lessen our esteem of all earthly possessions. If gold in abundance makes silver to be despised, shall not wisdom, and grace, and the foretastes of heaven, which are far better than gold, make gold to be lightly esteemed? See in Solomon’s greatness the performance of God’s promise, and let it encourage us to seek first the righteousness of God’s kingdom. This was he, who, having tasted all earthly enjoyments, wrote a book, to show the vanity of all worldly things, the vexation of spirit that attends them, and the folly of setting our hearts upon them: and to recommend serious godliness, as that which will do unspeakably more to make us happy, that all the wealth and power he was master of; and, through the grace of God, it is within our reach.”
This is such a profound explanation, and it gives us something by which to judge ourselves. Do we consider the things of this world? I’m not saying it is wrong to think about finding a job, a place to live, a car, a mate, or how to provide for your family. What I’m talking about is when you are considering what to do with your life and whether to serve God or yourself. Is the amount of money you could make or the lifestyle you could have attracting you to the things of the world? Remember, you have an opportunity to serve the One who has created the gold and this world.
Think of all the blessings you have in Christ. Isn’t the fact that God has given you life and salvation reason enough to serve Him? Not to mention the millions of blessings we have that we may not even think about – the ability to see, hear, speak, taste, feel, walk, etc. Aren’t these enough?
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2) When we desire the things of God, our desire for the things of this world will dissipate because we will have something better. Just as silver was not even considered in the days of Solomon, the wealth, fame, power, and things of this world won’t matter when we consider the vastness of the spiritual blessings we have through Christ. Make today the day you choose to live for eternity.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder