Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel; because the LORD loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.
1 Kings 10:9
The account of the Queen of Sheba visiting Solomon is another of the more famous stories concerning the king. She comes to verify the reports she has heard about Israel’s wise king. She comes with gifts in case he is, in fact, as wise as the reports say. She comes with questions to test him. And, as evidenced by this morning’s verse, she comes ready to glorify the LORD for having given such wisdom to the king.
The Queen of Sheba is a representative of the seeking world. She is looking to see if the thing she has heard is true. In her case, the question was along the lines of “Has the LORD really made the king of Israel wiser than any of his contemporaries?” But the question could be “Do God’s children love one another?” or “Does God’s presence in a life make that life any different?” There are people who are really looking and they are ready to submit themselves to God if they find the answer they are looking for. They might be looking for love or for Someone Who can change them. They might be looking for something else entirely. I am no expert on the multitude of things people seek.
But God is. And God gives gifts to His children. To some He gives wisdom (not as much as Solomon, but far more than we would otherwise have), to others prophecy, to still others teaching or encouragement or administration (anyone who has worked with a bad administrator knows what a blessing a God-gifted administrator has the potential to be). The gifts that God gives are as diverse as the needs and seeking of people.
The purpose of God’s gifting in my life and in the life of every believer is to bring glory and honor on God’s Name and to draw in those who are seeking; to lead others to the same place as the Queen of Sheba: Blessed be the LORD your God.
Let all the exercise of the gifts God has given me be for His glory and to lead others to bless His Name.
Father, thank You for the gifts that You so generously bestow and that those gifts can be used to lead others to glorify Your Name. Please let this be the way in which I use the gifts You have given me. May they result in others seeing that You love Your children and want good things for them and so supply their every need by the various gifts given in the body of Christ.