I Kings 4

“And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon” (v25).  Solomon’s reign was Israel’s golden age, when northern and southern Israel (Judah) were united and at peace (v24).  The kingdom divided after Solomon died, yet this brief prosperity demonstrated God’s desire for His people.  They “ate and drank and were happy” (v20), enjoying the fruit of their work without war’s destruction, governed by a wise leader (v34).

“And he had peace on all sides around him” (v24).  Solomon’s kingdom was temporary, but one day we will live in the kingdom with no end, at peace with God and one another.