In the fourth year of his reign, King Solomon began to build the temple of God in Jerusalem. The Bible tells us that Hiram, king of the Sidonians made a treaty of friendship with Solomon and graciously provided him with the best cedar and cypress lumber from his land for which to build God’s temple. He even went as far as to provide some of his most skilled craftsmen for hire to complete the job.
Why would a heathen king do this? He wasn’t a follower of Yahovah God. In fact, the Sidonians worshipped a plethora of false gods. So why did he generously and enthusiastically provide the help Solomon needed to build God’s temple? Because God moved on his heart and gave Solomon favor with him. Without the help of these non-believers, God’s temple might not have been finished in time.
This is a good example of how the LORD can also give us favor when we are doing His will for our lives. His Spirit will move upon people’s hearts to help us, and bless us in many ways. He will give us favor with our bosses at work, with our neighbors at home, with our friends and family, and even other people we come in contact with, that might be beneficial in supporting our lives and ministries.
When we are doing the work of God, we won’t have to constantly beg for money or try to manipulate people like so many preachers do today. God knows our needs and He will provide the finances and help we need. We just need to pray, “Lord, You know we are doing this work for Your kingdom. You know what our needs are to accomplish this. We pray that you give us favor with others and move on their hearts to help us.” Then, after we’ve prayed, we rest and trust in His provision. Watch God move heaven and earth, if necessary, to make sure our needs are provided for. He will do great and mighty things if we trust Him to provide the resources to accomplish the work He has called us to do.
Solomon completed the building of God’s temple in record time because he had God’s favor. The Jerusalem temple turned out to be so beautiful and glorious that kings and queens from all over the world came to see it, and God was glorified.
Whatever God calls you to do, do it with all your heart. Pray and He will give you favor – sometimes, even with unbelievers, to help you finish the work He has purposed for your life and ministry. Pray and present your needs to Him. Trust God to provide for you in His timing. Don’t try to make things happen in your own strength, but wait upon the LORD to do what is best. Amen.
– Luis Josephus