I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the Lord my God, as the Lord told my father David, when he said, ‘Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.’ (1 Kings 5:5 NIV)
The wisdom of God given to Solomon was in full effect when it came to the project that would be the centrepiece of his reign.
That wisdom was expressed in relationship. Here is Hiram, a friend of David and a king in his own right. Solomon recognises where the expertise lays. Rather than looking elsewhere for the resources and the experts, he uses the communication to appeal for the experts to help in the grand project offering to pay the going rate as determined by the experts.
This is wisdom expressed in relationship. You recognise what others do well, you acknowledge your need for their help, you submit yourself to them in humility to gain their support in a great project. That degree of wisdom can be seen by others and invites them to be a part of it.
That wisdom is also seen in how Solomon sets a treaty with Hiram that reaffirms the peaceful relations between the two kingdoms. Now that alliance benefits godly matters and reinforces the call not to go it alone in doing the will of God, but acknowledging those connections and relationships that can bless the efforts.
This wisdom that refuses to be insular is a wisdom that we can learn so much from in this day and age.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden