“So it was, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly and said, ‘Blessed be the LORD this day, for He has given David a wise son over this great people!” (1 Kings 5.7 NKJV).
King David was both greatly loved and hated by many people. Hiram, king of Tyre, is an example of someone who loved David (1 Kings 5.1). King David must have influenced those who admired him with a great understanding and respect for God, since King Hiram so easily blessed the Lord for giving David a wise heir. During Solomon’s early years as king, he had to rid his kingship of many unresolved issues that could possibly damage his rule in the future. However, King Solomon also inherited many powerful and important connections that would enhance his leadership–like the one with King Hiram. King Solomon could have balked at this relationship and let it die, but he didn’t. Instead, he grabbed hold of his father’s connection and used it to foster a peaceful and extremely profitable relationship between the two nations. We don’t need to search outside our realms of influence to find exactly what we need to fulfill the calling God has prepared for us. Like never before, we are surrounded by godly connections eager to deepen our relationship with Christ and enhance our Kingdom Purpose. Godly books, sermons, movies, music, blogs, devotionals, conferences, artwork and other resources are all waiting to feed us with insight, encouragement and growth. We just need realize that they are there and grab hold of them.
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Proverbs 13.20 ESV).