[CF Devotionals] 2012-09-10 - What Would Hiram, King of Tyre Say?

1 Kings 5:-12a

I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the Lord my God, as the Lord told my father David, when he said, Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name."(1 Kings 5:5 NIV)

I have always held David in high esteem, and it seems fitting to do the same with his son Solomon, who recently took over the throne from his deceased father. I sent my ambassadors to offer my congratulations and best wishes on his appointment to the throne. Solomon, in turn, had a proposal for our countries to work together.

Solomon was getting ready to build the temple his father David wanted. Now that there is peace among the nations, King Solomon is wasting no time in beginning the project. He asked for our help with the task. I was very pleased at the request. Solomon wanted our men to cut the timber for the temple, and would send his men to work beside mine and pay whatever it cost, as he knew Sidonians were known for our wood.

Without hesitation, we supplied cedar and pine lumber, and accepted food as payment. Solomon and I made a pact that we would be peaceful leaders and nations to each other. Our agreement went without a glitch, and Solomon provided us with more than we originally agreed. Every year, he sends us food as a sign of gratitude for our help. We are so appreciative.

Lord, Thank You for the unexpected favor. I gladly accept it and acknowledge hat all good things come from You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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