July 23

2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19; Romans 8:9-25; Psalm 18:16-36; Proverbs 19:26

Solomon had a vast kingdom with more wealth than anyone on earth. He received gold and silver from every king on earth. His wealth and opulence was world-renowned. As high as Solomon rose, his story ends like all the other kings: “When he died, he was buried in the City of David, named for his father.” (2 Chronicles 9:31)

You see, no matter how many things we possess or how much money we have, it will all pass to someone else upon our death. As wise and wealthy as Solomon was, it could not grant him eternal life. Immediately following Solomon’s reign, the kingdom was torn in two and never again was unified. The Bible never states who received all of Solomon’s wealth. But, he could not take it with him.

Our lives have to be worth more than the things we possess. Solomon’s own reflections on his life are recorded in the book of Ecclesiastes. It is a dismal look at life because things cannot satisfy the greatest need we have. Build your life upon more than possessions. Build you life on eternal purpose so that when you are promoted to heaven, your legacy will shine brightly.

Tomorrow’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22; Romans 8:26-39; Psalm 18:37-50; Proverbs 19:27-29

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