12 Jun 2018
Wisdom That Honours God
We’ve all read of King Solomon’s God-given wisdom and how God allowed him to prosper, but the Queen of Sheba wanted to see it for herself.
We could be forgiven for thinking that the only relevance here for us is historical. However, as I read this story about the queen’s visit and her responses, I found myself being challenged about how I do life, how we do church, and the impact we are having in our communities and in our nation.
It says that she shared with Solomon everything she was thinking. She tested him with difficult questions and Solomon answered them all. Nothing was too difficult for him to explain (see 1 Kings 9:3).
We read that when she saw his wisdom and lifestyle the queen was overwhelmed. She was amazed by Solomon’s hospitality. She was impressed by his officials, servants and cup-bearers; at their organisation, the way they were presented and how happy they were.
1 Kings 10:6-7 says:
“She exclaimed to the king, ‘Everything I heard in my country about your achievements and wisdom is true! I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of it!… Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne of Israel.’”
At the root of everything the queen observed was wisdom that honoured God.
Pause and reflect: Irrespective of our and the Church’s reputation today, those outside should want to come and see for themselves. When they visit they should feel able to trust us. They should find answers, and be impressed by our hospitality and how happy we all are. They should feel like they belong before they believe, so that when they do they too can honour God!