"So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom." (I Kings 10:23) One cannot help but be impressed by Solomon's wealth as you read through 1 Kings 9 & 10. The gold, silver (that the text says was not valuable in Solomon's day - 10:21), precious stones, horses, chariots, spices, thrones, cities and more.
The text makes it clear, however, that it was the King's worship (1 Kings 9:3-5) and his wisdom (10:24) that brought him such treasure. There is currently being built in DeSoto a 'business incubator'....a place to encourage & generate new businesses. I listened to the pitches from the businesses wanting a spot in this new incubator and not a single entrepreneur encouraged simply acquiring wisdom. None were focused on getting to know the Lord through His Word. We separate business and wealth from our pursuit of God. Some believe it is possible to worship the one true God on Sunday morning and be a completely different person Monday through Saturday. Some believe our walk with Jesus and our work are completely unrelated.
King Solomon's wisdom was consistent and his wealth accumulated. And, interestingly enough, the world seemed to beat a path to his door to hear his wisdom. Followers of Jesus must not disconnect who they are on Monday at work from who they are on Sunday at worship (OR believe that God and His gifts can be manipulated by or purchased with wealth as did Simon in today's NT reading in Acts 8). Wisdom begins when we fear the Lord....the sovereign Governor of the Universe! (Pr. 1:7; 9:10). Worship Him today in and through your work!