“When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon… she came to test him with hard questions… When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon…. She said to the king, ‘The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true…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 has placed you on the throne of Israel. Because the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness.’ “
1 Kings 10:1, 6-9, NIV
Sheba, about 1,200 miles from Jerusalem, is modern Yemen. The Queen of Sheba
was a strong and intelligent female leader. She heard about Solomon’s wisdom
and unparalleled wealth. In that day, monarchs would test each other with riddles
and difficult questions. The Queen tested Solomon and he passed with flying colors. In
short, the Queen of Sheba was “wowed!” by Solomon.
What does that have to do with us?” The answer: “mucho.” Let us draw some parallels.
Just as the Queen of Sheba was no dummy, neither are the pre-Christian people
of our communities who we are trying to reach. Just as the Queen of Sheba did, the
un-churched people of our neighborhoods want answers to the tough questions. Just
as Solomon “wowed” the Queen, we can “wow” our lost friends, family members, coworkers,
and neighbors with our love. We can “wow” them with wisdom from God’s
Word. We can “wow” them with the peace we have, even in the midst of life’s storms.
In the end, the pagan Queen of Sheba exclaimed, “The Lord your God is great,
indeed!” How awesome would it be to hear that from the mouth of a lost loved one?
QUESTION: Who can you “wow” today? How will you do that? What wisdom from
God’s Word can you give to some searching soul this week?