We think they have everything. We think they have no problems, concerns or aggravations. We think the luxury, money, trips, houses, and “stuff” make a person satisfied. Fortunately, we are wrong. Why did Jesus look intently at the rich young man and command, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)? This “poor” young naïve man thought money would win him to Christ. He had everything, saw Jesus perform miracles, and wanted to follow Him. But, Jesus sees something inside his heart, the love of money. “When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.” (Matthew 19:22) This young man would depart with his wealth and not Christ.
The Queen of Sheba had wealth, power, and prestige, but lacked something. She apparently was intelligent, inquisitive, and had heard the rumors of a king so wise her thoughts plagued her a night thinking of him. Unable to restrain her heart longer, the Queen of Sheba mounts an entourage to see King Solomon and test his wisdom (1 Kings 10:1).
“Arriving in Jerusalem with a very great caravan – with camels, spices, large quantities of gold and precious stones – she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. 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.” (1 Kings 10:2-5)
Let us stop right there for a moment. My heart desires for “worldly” wealth to come and gaze upon the churches of God.
If someone took a few minutes to sit and ponder the workmanship of God’s churches, why a man would built a Temple to the Lord and worship with all his heart; I pray that person would be the as the queen, overwhelmed. Maybe the thought would be along the lines of, “Something is bigger than me.” “Maybe there is more to life than money and stuff.” The Bible says after walking in the Temple and seeing the burnt offerings Solomon gave to the Lord for sacrifice, then she was overwhelmed. I am sure the queen saw the “first fruit” and “best” offerings, no Cain skimping here with Solomon. Her reply to the king is priceless.
“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 to 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.” (1 Kings 10:6-9)
How I would love for the “world” to look on the church as blessed for God’s wisdom and righteousness. I would love to see more Christians blessed with money and the world look on at our worship to the Lord in thanksgiving. I do want to make one point clear. God’s blessing of money is not evil although many attempt to quote, “Money is the root of all evil”, this referring to 1 Timothy 6:10. Actually, the verse says this, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money have wandered from the faith, and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Proverbs 10:22 reads, “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.” I do not know how the Queen of Sheba would have responded to Christ’s direct confrontation as did the young rich man, but I do know she was seeking after wisdom and something else. Her heart must have sought something more than money for the Lord Jesus of Nazareth mentions her in the book of Matthew, “The Queen of Sheba will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.” (Matthew 12:42) The Queen of Sheba sought wisdom, but was enriched by knowing who provided Solomon’s money. I believe she returned to her country a changed woman.
The desire for “worldly pleasures”, including money can cloud our vision.
My prayer to the Lord is to remove any and all scales or hindrances from my life which would lead me astray from the Lord and my plan. I have prayed, “Father, if money will deceive me, if money will cause me to desire and quest after the world, then I do not want it.” The queen had it all, but Romans 1:14-15 brings to mind what God writes on our hearts, “When Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even thought they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thought now accusing, now even defending them.”
Woman, God has placed a yearning in our hearts for Him.
The Queen of Sheba, a gentile, did not have the Ten Commandments that Solomon had. She knew not of “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” The Queen knew something of the God of Israel, but maybe she was feeling Ecclesiastes 3:11, “God has made everything beautiful in its time, He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” I am sure Solomon repeated many Proverbs to the Queen and made the God of Israel very plain to her; a changed woman she was indeed!
Solomon’s reputation preceded him and I pray our reputations precede us as Christian women. I would love for a person to say, “I have heard of your joy. I have heard of how happy you are and want to know why?” or “I have heard you are on troubled times, but you look so at peace. Why?” or maybe, “I have heard you are a woman of prayer. Who do you talk to and what do you say?” I think if unbelievers saw happy, joyous, generous, loving, and caring Christians, more people would be in our churches; more souls would be won to Christ.
I do understand “first hand” experiences are what a heart needs to know Christ. Think of the Samaritan woman who told her village about what Jesus had told her. On her testimony many believed, but it was when he stayed with the village two days their hearts were won (John 4:39-42). When we have a “first hand” encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, our lives are changed. I pray if someone encounters you, as a Christian woman, their lives are touched and inquisitive.
Pray the Prayer for Humility and the Prayer for the Wealthy on the Prayer Page. The full teaching is available on our Resource Page; One a Day; 30 Days of Prayer with the Women of the Bible, Book 2