Solomon was given great wisdom and understanding from God and his reputation had preceded him. There was much talk in lands far and near about the wisdom of Solomon. The Queen of Sheba was one, apparently intrigued beyond measure about all that she’d heard of this King Solomon, king of the people of Israel, that she made the journey to meet him. She was desperate to know if all that was said of him was true. Was he worth his weight in salt? She would soon prove if he was really who others say he was or if he was no wiser than any other common man.
It is wondered how far reaching was the name of Solomon and his works. God had used Solomon so that many people far and near would revel at his wisdom and wonder: Who is his God? It is not our desire that we should have the prestige, fame, and recognition of Solomon but to desire the things that are treasures in heaven, what moth and rust do not destroy (Matt 6:19). When we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteous, we know that all these things will be added unto us (Matt 6:33). This is what Solomon did and was rewarded with much more. God heard the prayer and supplication of Solomon, not for riches or long life, nor for the lives of his enemies, but for wisdom, to discern between good and evil. The wisdom of God was in him to do justice (I Kings 3:28). There was a time in my life that I was determined to prove to anyone and everyone, that I was not as insignificant as I seemed to be”. I saw recognition as a means to do so. First off, insignificant was what I thought other people thought of me and, perhaps even unknowingly, what I thought of myself. I had something to prove, that I wasn’t a nobody. I believed, somehow, through education and a career, that I would demonstrate my worth and value. I went to college and got a degree. I went on to get a graduate degree. I, even went so far as to get a doctorate’s degree, but stopped just short of doing so. How accomplished I felt. After all, I’d gone farther than anyone in my family ever did, farther than any of my friends. I was really somebody. And every time I opened my mouth, I was going to prove it. But not only was this a lot of work, it was futile. It was a false sense of worth. I never found a sense of worth that was satisfying, trying to prove how much I knew to anyone who would listen, because I was always working at it, trying to fill an empty space. It was not until God got a hold of me and I began to seek Him, that He satisfied my need for recognition and acceptance with His love. An intimate and close relationship with God is what filled the void in my heart and gave me a new outlook and a new desire. My identity was no longer shaped by acclaim and accolades but through the unconditional love of Jesus Christ that could not be earned but was freely and abundantly given to me. I didn’t have to work so hard anymore. I was free from the pressure to perform. And was content with who I was. Whatever it is that you seek, whatever it is that your soul longs for, can only be filled by God. If it is love, safety, acceptance or recognition, it is the Father that is the lover of your souls and longs to satisfy all of your deepest needs. Let Him put His love in you so He can work through you.
God worked through Solomon in such a mighty way that the Queen of Sheba traveled a long journey to find the truth for herself. The acts and doings of Solomon pierced her heart and compelled her to learn more. She said:
But I did not believe their words until I came and my eyes had seen it. Behold the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me; you surpass the fame that I heard of you. Happy are your wives and men, and happy are these your servants who stand continually before you and her your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God, Who delighted in you and set you on His throne to be king for the Lord your God! Because your God loved Israel and would establish them forever, He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness (II Chr 9: 6-8).
There is no question that God uses His people for His purposes. He used Solomon. When God has bestowed upon us His truth and when He compels us to speak and act on that Truth, we must respond, just as Solomon did. It is the purpose He put in us. Let our walk and our talk draw the world far and near to God. It is God that works in us to will and do His good pleasure (Phil 2:13).
It is with the power of God in us that we affect the lives of other people. People are waiting to hear from us, whether they know it or not and whether we know it or not. What people hear about us and what they hear from us is what God will use to bring them to Him. He will cause them to seek Him and inquire of Him. He will draw them near with His truth. It is by the hand of God, and God only, that Solomon had shown great wisdom and the skill to build the Lord’s house. When people can see the Lord’s work in us, they are drawn to Him, just as the Queen of Sheba was and she proclaimed Him as God. What is He doing in you that will allow people to see His work in you? Is it your testimony of the redeeming hand of God? Is it your gifts to the poor? Is it the giving of your time and talents to the Kingdom of God? The Lord our God has called us to be the voice and example of Jesus. Let us walk worthy of our calling! He has great things in store through you and for you. Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him (I Co 2:9).
Lord, help us to be like Solomon and be able to give a ready answer about the hope that is in us and to never fail to explain the Truth to those that ask. Let us represent You in all the things we say and the things we do. Let our homes and children and our careers be further evidence of Your presence in our lives that people may see them and know that You have done it. For You have delighted in us and put us in position for Your purpose and for Your glory. Show forth Your glory in us and through us. In Jesus name, Amen.