Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram always loved David. And Solomon sent word to Hiram, “You know that David my father could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the warfare with which his enemies surrounded him, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune. And so I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’ Now therefore command that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. And my servants will join your servants, and I will pay you for your servants such wages as you set, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.” I Kings 5:1-6 ESV
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:1-4 ESV
When the United States entered World War II, the people that stayed home and didn’t fight in the war had to make some sacrifices to their country so that the war effort would be strong. Houses and cars, and also appliances like refrigerators weren’t being made so that factories could concentrate on making planes and tanks and other materials to fight the war. There was a shortage of things like gasoline, butter, sugar, meat, canned food, rubber, and shoes. People couldn’t always buy these things, and when they did they could only buy a certain amount, not all they wanted. When there is a war there are things at home that can’t happen until there is peace. When World War II was over there were many houses and cars and appliances for everyone to buy. Life changed from sacrifice to wealth and comfort for many people.
The same was true in King Solomon’s time. When his father David had been king, there had been many wars. David wasn’t able to make his dream of building a beautiful temple for God come true. But when Solomon became king, God gave him the gift of peace. He didn’t have to put all his efforts into gathering soldiers and fighting battles. He was able to get started with the project of building the temple his father had dreamed of building.
Peace is a wonderful gift of God, and he wants his people to pray for peace. God can work and do good things in times of war, but one of the greatest works of God happens more easily in times of peace. God wants his people to share the good news of Jesus with people all over the world, and times of peace make that easier to do. Missionaries often have to leave the country where they are working when there is a war. We pray for peace and we pray for the leaders of countries around the world, that they would rule their people in a way that pleases God.
Often God’s people have to live with war in this sin-sick world. We can be happy to know that God will work good things for his people even in war. Nothing will ever separate us from God’s love. We once were at war with God, his enemies who fought against him in every way. God sent his Son Jesus to make peace with us. Jesus took all our sins to the cross and paid for them there, and because of Jesus, we have peace with God now and always, no matter how terrible the wars of this world might seem.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to make peace with us. Please help and bless leaders all over the world and send us peace in your best way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.