Inheritance

Ecclesiastes 7:11

11Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. 

King Solomon inherited a kingdom and wealth from his father King David. It would have been enough. He would have been satisfied to live a lifestyle he desired to have. Yet, it says in

2 Chronicles 1:8-12, 8Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 11God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”

With wisdom from God, the nation of Israel was peaceful during Solomon’s reign. Wisdom from God helped him acquired more wealth than other kings. In contrast, when his son Rehoboam succeeded him as king, the nation of Israel was divided into northern and southern kingdom. Why did God allow the nation of Israel to be divided when Rehoboam was king? Did God use such situation as practical exhibit that an inheritance can be wasted by anyone without wisdom? The parable of the Prodigal Son is another example of wasted inheritance by a man without wisdom. Is it common impulse for anyone to squander or spend wealth recklessly? Such impulse can’t expect positive answer to prayer. It says in James 4:3, 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Lord Jesus, grant me wisdom to perform my responsibility well.

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