AMPLY REWARDED

AMPLY REWARDED
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard questions, having a very great retinue, camels that bore spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for Solomon that he could not explain it to her.
Then she said to the king: 'It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the fame of which I heard. Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the Lord your God! Because your God has loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.'
Now King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked, much more than she had brought to the king. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants."
2 Chronicles 9:1-2,5-8,12

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 Inspiration fills me in the reading of this passage and the queen of Sheba is a breath of fresh air provoking me with three timeless insights:
1) The queen of Sheba did not settle for mere “hearsay” in developing an estimation of Solomon. She prioritized her busy schedule and made her way to the King … herself.
This is what sets her apart.
 This is what makes her beautiful, wondrous and exceptional.
Desirous of her own experience she availed herself to have her own … and she did.
I shall seek to do the same with my King.

2) The queen of Sheba testifies wonderfully to God’s goodness and ascribes praise to Him in recognition of it. Giving God full credit for Solomon’s wisdom and splendor, she proclaims a noteworthy testimony of God’s extravagance to both Solomon and the nation of Israel … and think what it must have done for her own apparent faith in God!
Beautiful. Wondrous. Excellent.
I shall testify to God’s goodness and recognize Him as the great Giver of all ... in my own life and the lives of others.

3) The queen of Sheba prepared gifts in advance for King Solomon demonstrating a noteable wisdom and understanding of his prominence and authority. She was amply rewarded for her time, effort, energy and gift giving.
Note how Solomon flips the “receiving” over to giving and grants her all her desire … and then some.
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When we come to God seeking and desirous I think we go away with the … then some.
God is a benevolent and giving God who blesses the seeker intentionally and wondrously.
Prepare your heart to seek Him, this moment, and utilize the strategy of the queen of Sheba as a springboard for your own.
God's blessing on your journey!
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“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6