And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom. 1 Kings 4:31-34
Solomon must have lived a charmed life. He had wisdom beyond compare; he was knowledgeable, and he enjoyed fame. Dignitaries came from all world to listen to him. Think of that influence and opportunity he had to promote his God!
But before we become discouraged when we compare our lives to Solomon’s, think of the influence and opportunities you have in life. You have influence over more people than you think. You have influence over people I would never have contact with. You have opportunities to plant seeds every day. Rejoice that you have the opportunity to influence a few. Most of us will only have a few in our circle of friends and acquaintances. But when the chips are down, people will come to you and lean on you because you’ve cared about them.
Again, rejoice that you’ve had the opportunity to influence a few.