God blesses us all differently

1 Kings Bible Background

Old Testament: 1Ki 10.16–23

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 10–11 on May 5, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

There are some blessings that everyone experiences (such as the rising of the sun and the falling of the rain), and there are some blessings common to all Christians (such as the forgiveness of sins and the door of prayer), but God also blesses each of us with different things, such as in the case of Solomon who had great wealth:

And King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. He also made three hundred shields of hammered gold; three minas of gold went into each shield…Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold…All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for this was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon…Once every three years the merchant ships came bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys. So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.

– 1 Kings 10.16–23

Some people use their blessings to go away from God. Solomon’s great wealth did not lead him away from God, but something else did.

With whatever God has blessed you, be sure that it makes you closer to God and that you honor Him with your blessings, whatever they are.


  • What blessings do you have that are unique to you?
  • Are you honoring God with those blessings?
  • Are you using those blessings to get closer to Him?

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