In 2 Chronicles 9 we read about the amazing wealth of Solomon during his reign over Israel. In fact in verse 13 of chapter 9 we read that he collected 666 talents of gold. How much is a talent of gold? I’m glad you asked. A talent is about 33Kg, or 72.75 lbs.
Which means that he collected 48,451.5 lbs. of gold in one year. What’s that worth in today’s dollar. Another great question. Gold is about $41,423 per pound. Which means that he collected roughly $2,007,006,484 worth of gold in one year. That’s $2 billion, with a “b”! And that was just the gold. It says in verse 27, ““And the king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah.” My neighbor is in the middle of getting her driveway redone, so it is all just crushed stone and gravel. She doesn’t have armed guards round the clock making sure no one steals her driveway. But the Bible just said it would have been just as silly at that time to treat your silver that way. The rest of the chapter goes on to list his other possessions that is just insane (4,000 stalls for horses and chariots! Seriously?!
There’s two points to my ramblings:
Solomon was wealthier than any man even today. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, (not “the Amazon”, as in the rainforest; Amazon, where you can buy a headband with mullet hair attached to it for $9.99)is worth about $90 billion. Last time I checked, Jeff’s wealth wasn’t making silver worth the same amount on the street as stones. But more importantly,
In Luke 12:27-28 Jesus tells us, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!” These verses are part of a larger section of Scripture that encouraged the disciples not to worry about anything but rather to trust their Heavenly Father for everything.
If we really just trusted God to provide the way He has promised us that He would in that passage, how much more could we do for the Kingdom! Instead, we are anxious and we worry about things that are beyond our control. I pray that we would trust the Lord to clothe us better than even the riches of Solomon ever could.