1 Kings 10:4-9 When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the LORD, she was overwhelmed. She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the LORD’S eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness.”
Sometimes, you just have to see it to believe it. Just the other day, my wife and I spent some time driving around looking at possible hotels for an upcoming marriage retreat. We looked online ahead of time at prices and pictures, so we knew where we wanted to go. There was one hotel in particular that we were excited to look at. It looked amazing online! When we arrived, we had high expectations and were sure this was going to be the one. However, it turned out they had a REALLY good photographer. The place was terrible! Boy, were we glad that we went and looked at it in person.
The Queen of Sheba had a journey of exploration, too. She had heard all about Solomon and his leadership. She had been told about his wisdom, his riches, and his great kingdom. If she could have, she probably would have looked up the pictures online, read stories on google, and watched videos on youtube. Can’t you just see it? “Sheba Googles Solomon.” But regardless of what she had heard, she wanted to see this in person. She had to know for herself if all the rumors were true.
What she found is that all she had heard didn’t come close to the greatness of Solomon’s kingship. She found great wisdom in him and he personally touched her life as he answered life’s mysteries for her. She was astounded and overwhelmed. In short, he took her breath away. But check this out: her response to his greatness was to praise his God!
How do people respond to your successes? Do they praise you or the Lord? I find it phenomenal that Sheba sees Solomon’s greatness and gives praise to his God. I want people to celebrate my successes that way, too. I want them to see the Lord’s work evident in my life and recognize that all of my successes, blessings, and triumphs are from Him.