I Kings 11:14-43, II Chronicles 1:1-2:18; Acts 21:37-22:21
Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:
“Then Huram, the king of Tyre, answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, Because the Lord hath loved His people, He hath made thee king over them.”— 2 Chronicles ii. 11.
In the letter which was written by Huram, we note that he declares his belief that Solomon was of such a character that his reign was a special blessing from God to His people. That is the meaning of our text…. Such was the character of Solomon, in those early days before he began to decline from the spendour of his first estate, that even this heathen monarch could see that he was bound to be a blessing to the people. I wish that your life and mine, dear friends, might always have that about it which should make even the worldling say, “That young man is likely to be a blessing to his family; that woman is sure to be a blessing to her husband, and to her children.” I would to God that our character were so transparent, so true, and pure, and good, that all who knew us might feel that we were a blessing to those among whom we dwell.
I want you to notice, also, that Huram here distinctly recognizes that every blessing comes from God. If Solomon is a blessing to his subjects, Huram attributes that to the fact of God having placed him were he was. Now, if one, who had been a heathen, could thus trace a blessing back to God as its source, what heathen must those be who never do anything of the sort, but trace it to what they call “good luck,” or to “chance,” or to anything rather than to God!
C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible, Vol. 2 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1962), p. 49