“Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard questions, having a very great retinue, camels that bore spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.
Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the Lord your God! Because your God has loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.”
Now King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked, much more than she had brought to the king. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.”
II Chronicles 9:1, 8, 12 NKJV
There have been times in my spiritual life, when I have worked hard to feel like I had the approval of God. At one point I ministered, in some capacity, six or seven days per week. I worked hard for the Lord, in the hopes of getting some kind of blessing from all my labor. In reality I was caught up in a performance based religion under the guise of my relationship with Jesus.
I am not sure if there was much fruit apparent in my walk, as I had grown weary in doing good. I was trying to do the supernatural, by the natural and was failing. Very little joy flowed from me.
When I look back I see that God has blessed me far more than I could ever bless him. These days there is little that I can do, but still God blesses. More importantly, He is represented in my weakness and humility far more accurately than in my days of effort.
This morning I read of the Queen of Sheba, from what is now Yemen. She came bringing many gifts and great riches. She brought hard questions with her, as I suspect she was one who inquired of a God she did not know.
She came with a willing and observant heart, hungry to know. Solomon, in the great wisdom he had received from God, answered her and gave glory to his King. He provided a strong testimony of the sovereignty of God.
Though she brought great riches, she also brought praises for God, as His was the true power behind Solomon’s throne. Her heart was open to the message of God’s glory and goodness.
Through Solomon’s witness, she demonstrated faith in God, and believed all that she saw. The Queen could have elevated Solomon alone for all that he had accomplished, but she knew that he had been blessed by God, and gave Him the glory.
By the time she returned home, she left satisfied, having all her questions answered. Solomon had gone far beyond, giving her so much more, as his blessing, far exceeded hers. What a wonderful type and shadow of God’s goodness to all who believe.
All that I brought to the Lord could not compare with the blessings He has given to me. His greatest gift was His Son Jesus, God in the flesh, who came and laid aside His glory He knew with the Father, to die for the sins of the world.
Like the Queen of Sheba, my questions have been answered, and I have been given so much more than I could ever give.That is the epitome of grace. I have been made an heir to the Kingdom of God.
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
Romans 8:16-17 NKJV
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Ephesians 2:4-9 NKJV
Let us go and give glory to God. Let all that we do as Christians be a testimony to the grace of God. May it be that when people see us, interact with us, that we are representative of who Jesus is. It would be wonderful if people came to us to see all that the Lord has done, and came away glorifying God.
Like Solomon, we give a greater blessing than we can ever receive, as we have the privilege to share the greatest gift of all: that Jesus went to the cross and died for our sins, was buried and rose again.
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