Do you know that God wants you to eat like a King? This is the description that the Bible gave concerning the food that was available for King Solomon on a daily basis:
The daily food requirements for Solomon’s palace were 150 bushels of choice flour and 300 bushels of meal; also 10 oxen from the fattening pens, 20 pasture-fed cattle, 100 sheep or goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roe deer, and choice poultry. (1 Kings 4:22-23 NLT)
There was no shortage of food in King Solomon’s palace. I believe there are persons in the 21st century who would scoff at the lavish lifestyle that Solomon lived. Therefore, I think it is best to put Solomon’s lifestyle in context. Firstly, Solomon was the King of Israel. He was the highest authority in Israel. Everyone looked to him for guidance and to do justice whenever persons had disputes with each other. In every Kingdom the position of King was highly esteemed and the King or Queen enjoyed certain privileges. One of those privileges was having more than enough to eat. As the King of Israel, Solomon enjoyed that privilege also.
Secondly, Solomon was blessed abundantly by God. One night God told Solomon:
“What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” (1 Kings 3:5 NLT)
Solomon asked God to give Him wisdom. God said He would give it to him. However, God gave Solomon something else:
…I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! (1 Kings 3:13 NLT)
God gave Solomon riches and fame. Some of the Kings and Queens of the earth already had riches and fame but God gave Solomon much more riches and much more fame than all the other Kings and Queens. This is the context in which we should judge Solomon’s lifestyle. But the question is asked:
How is Solomon’s diet relevant to me living an overcoming life as a Christian?
The measure of Solomon’s diet was not only in the abundance of food he had but the quality of the food he had. The Bible records that Solomon had “…choice flour…pasture-fed calves…choice poultry…” The word “choice” meant that the food which Solomon ate was the best. God blessed Solomon with the best food. Solomon truly ate like a King.
However, there is something about Solomon’s life that is even more exciting for us as Christians. God gave us the opportunity to eat the best food:
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35 NLT)
Solomon was indeed a very rich King. However, the food that Solomon ate was never of such a high quality that Solomon did not have to eat again for the rest of his life. Solomon had to eat of that food every day until He died. Our Father in Heaven has given us something better:
THE BREAD OF LIFE
There is no food which is greater than the bread of life. The bread of life is of the highest quality. It is of an eternal quality. Those who eat of it will never hunger again. This is the lavish lifestyle of the Christian. Believing in Jesus Christ is a lifestyle of abundance. It is an overcoming lifestyle. Jesus said:
…My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10b)
Certainly, there is no doubt that God wants you to eat like a King.
By Corey H.D. Beckles