2 Chronicles 2. Solomon continued the policy of his father by enlisting the help of Hiram, king of Tyre. David had purchased raw material for the temple, and Solomon procured more of the same, and also skilled craftsmen. It is a wise leader who knows not only how to delegate to his own team, but also knows when to call in the experts from outside the organization. One might think that God would provide all Solomon needed for the temple within the confines of Israel itself, but he did not. Perhaps the LORD used this joint venture as a means of cementing the peace between the two nations. Perhaps also the church of today can learn a lesson from this. Not every one of our service or benevolence projects have to be stamped with the “Christians only” seal of approval.
LORD, give us wisdom to know when we can cooperate with those outside your kingdom in order to accomplish the work of your kingdom.