For the past few months I have been going through the book of 2 Chronicles. In 2 Chronicles 9, we meet a very interesting character – one that does not have a name. This mysterious character is referred to as the Queen of Sheba.
"When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon's fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. Arriving with a very great caravan - with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones - she came to Solomon and talked with him about all she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions, nothing was too hard for him to explain to her." - 2 Chronicles 9:1-2 (italics my own)
In reading a commentary on this chapter, I found out that:
- Sheba is today the country of Yemen.
- The Queen of Sheba would have had to travel roughly 1,500 miles to get to her destination of Jerusalem!
That is quite the journey just to see and ask the king of Israel her questions! I don’t know if you noticed this detail above, but did you notice how Solomon was able to answer ALL of her questions?
The Bible doesn’t say Solomon was able to answer the easiest questions or the questions with the most obvious answers. No, Solomon was able to answer ALL of her questions – the hard, the ugly, and even the ones that the Queen may have felt weren’t even worth mentioning. Solomon was able to answer all of her questions not just because Solomon was “really wise,” but because Solomon’s wisdom came from God.
Our relationship with God can be the same!
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." - James 1:5-6 "Come near to God and He will come near to you." James 4:8a (italics my own)
As we see in the verse(s) above, God desires for us to draw near to Him and ask Him our hard questions. God doesn’t want us living in a blind faith or a half-hopeful faith. In fact, He wants you to have a sure faith! Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as having confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
My encouragement to you today is to seek out your answers! Find the truth. You don’t have to live in uncertainty, a half-hope filled life, or whatever your intuition is telling you is “right”. There are answers to your questions, and there are wise Christian people who want to help you. Plus, everyone at times has questions about God, who He is, and why He does what He does.
If you truly want to deepen your understanding and get to the hard truth of your questions, you need to first go to God in prayer. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you and to show you parts of Himself you have never seen before. Ask Him how you might obtain or go about finding the answers to your questions (Mathew 7:7) .
The second thing I recommend is going to a trusted, wiser, (perhaps even an older) farther-along-Christian-than-you and seek out your answers from them, just as the Queen of Sheba did.
Thirdly, go to Scripture! I think this is one thing that we often underestimate. God has given us His Word so that we may know Him and know His heart. You never know! You may already have what you need to obtain the answers to your questions (Psalm 119:105)!
P.S. Tip: Don’t ask Google! If you do, make sure it is a trusted site that is rooted in God’s Word. Then after doing your research on that site, go to God’s Word directly to see if it aligns with what He says. Read other passages and verses around the verse or about the same topic to get a full understanding of what is being said in the passage!
John the Baptist from The Chosen: “YEAH!”
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