Every once in a while a person, or a family or a nation hits a spot in their history where things are going absolutely perfectly. Solomon’s reign over Israel is considered to be just such a time for the nation of Israel. Our reading today describes what one might call the Golden Age of Old Testament Israel. Everything is happening well and the national engine of God’s holy people is hitting on all cylinders. Everyone was happy, there was peace on all sides, tons of construction and building was taking place, and there was an abundance of everything. We could summarize this time with the old saying “and they lived happily ever after”.
When such a time comes for you or for our Church it is very important to treasure these times and be so very thankful for them. They don’t come along all that often, but when they do we mustn’t take them for granted or assume that this is just the way it is going to be from here on out. This great golden age for Israel would not last beyond Solomon’s life time.
When was your last “golden age”? Is there another one coming in your life? The ability to enjoy, appreciate, and be thankful for these periods in our lives is one of the crucial things that help us to have the joy of the Lord in our heart! How foolish is the man who lives in a “golden age” and yet is still not happy in life. May we be described like the people of Israel were in verse 20, as people who ate and drank (coffee!), and were happy in our God!