Solomon accumulated possessions for the sake of significance (see Ecclesiastes 2:4-8a). Israel’s king constructed the temple in seven years (see 1 Kings 6:38); however, he invested thirteen years to build his palace (see 1 Kings 7:1). He constructed the wall around Jerusalem (see 1 Kings 3:1), built a fleet of ships (see 1 Kings 9:26), and developed many cities (see 1 Kings 9:15-18). Solomon was the most significant of all world leaders during his time.
Significance includes the word, “sign.” In essence, significance says, “Hey, look at me.” Sometimes, we think that possessions will satisfy our longing for attention, acceptance, affection, and approval. However, only Christ the Love of God (see John 1:14; 3:16) can satisfy our desire for significance. His love is so undeserved, so unmerited, that it is called grace.
Imagine Solomon’s vast possessions and his international significance. It pales in comparison to the infinite resources of the God who owns it all and gives you life because He loves you beyond measure. He gave it all in Jesus Christ for you: “For you know the grace of our LORD Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). In light of God’s compassion for you, ask yourself a simple question about your possessions: “Do I own the stuff, or does the stuff own me?” Commit to always trust in the Giver and not the gifts.