Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“Cast your burden on the Lord, releasing the weight of it, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved, made to slip, fall or fail.”
Psalm 55: 22
“Casting the whole of your care, all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns once and for all on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
1 Peter 5: 7
“Our great need is for a vital faith in the omnipotent God. When oppressed with staggering problems, do not consider their boundaries, but rediscover the boundlessness of God.”
Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
God After All
Today’s Study Text:
“King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba all she wanted, whatever she asked, besides his gifts to her from his royal bounty.”
1 Kings 10: 13
“Lessons Taught By the Lady From Sheba” Part 9
Lesson #9 – From the words of Jesus in Matthew 11: 28, 29: “Come to Me…Take my yoke” (Amplified Bible).
“The degree to which man (or woman) chooses to follow his (her) God-hungry instinct will determine the extent to which mind, heart, and soul, will reach their fullness of maturity and potential, and whether they operate with unity and harmony inside him (her).”
A God to Call Father
If I had been the Queen of Sheba, to what lengths do I believe I would have gone to get to know God?
Would I have “come” and “taken” all God had to bestow upon me?
“We have not been created for the purpose of finding our ultimate satisfaction in a job. There is no spouse whom we were ever meant to take as the ultimate concern in our life. We have been made for the purpose of knowing God.”
“Desire and intention are the most dynamic of our faculties, they do work. They are the true explorers of the infinite, the instruments of our ascents to God. Reason comes to the foot of the mountain, it is the industrious will urged by the passionate heart which climbs the slope.”
Come. Ask. Take.
This trio is a word picture of what happened when the Queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon.
Having heard about the brilliance and prosperity of the young king, and further, having been told that it was Solomon’s God who had bequeathed upon him such bountiful blessings, this queen from the south chose to see with her own eyes if what she had been told was true.
So she came -- across the harsh desert; part of a caravan loaded with the generosity from a heart which was open to receiving the wisdom imparted upon Solomon.
As we discover in 1 Kings 10, the queen didn’t come in silence. Instead, she communed with Solomon -- or as the Hebrew enlightens us -- they spent time talking, speaking, teaching, answering, and yes, even thinking. In fact, 1 Kings 10:2 makes it clear that the queen asked all that was on her mind. And then we are told that King Solomon, “answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king which he failed to explain to her.”
Finally, in 1 Kings 10: 13, it is revealed that all the queen asked for, she was given. She returned home laden with a full heart, mind and with full hands, too! She took with her the gifts presented by King Solomon. The Queen of Sheba came -- wanting to learn. She asked -- wanting to know. She left -- taking the bounteous gifts, given by generous hands.
What a lesson there is for each of us in the visit of the Queen of Sheba to the palace of King Solomon. I like the way Matthew Henry explains what I call Lesson
# 9 -- the trio defined as coming, asking and taking and their correlation to our own spiritual lives.
In 1 Kings 10: 13, Solomon gave the Queen of Sheba whatsoever she asked, which means he potentially may have put in writing the words of wisdom which he spoke. But as we apply this to our own lives in Jesus Christ, here’s the insight Matthew Henry shares:
“Those who apply (who come) to our Lord Jesus will find Him not only greater than Solomon, and wiser, but more kind. Whatsoever we ask, it shall be done for us; nay, He will, out of His divine bounty, which infinitely exceeds royal bounty, even Solomon’s do for us ‘more than we are able to ask or think.’”
Come. Ask. Take.
As Jesus told his followers, “Come to Me. Ask of Me. Take from Me.” In his book, How You Can Be Sure That You Will Spend Eternity With God, author Erwin Lutzer wrote these words which deal specifically with our need to come and ask and take from Christ:
“When you come to Christ, you do not come to give, you come to receive. You do not come to try your best, you come to trust. You do not come just to be helped, but to be rescued. You do not come to be made better (although that does happen), you come to be made alive!”
In the beautiful words of George Herbert, we find again the truth of Lesson #9 from the Lady from Sheba when we come, ask and take home with us, the bounty bestowed by our King:
“Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life;
Such a Way, as gives us breath;
Such a Truth, as ends all strife;
Such a Life as killeth death.
Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a Light as shows a feast;
Such a Feast, as mends in length;
Such a Strength as makes His guest.
Come, my Joy, my Love, My Heart:
Such a Joy, as none can move;
Such a Love as none can part;
Such a Heart, as stays in love.”
“Great and Merciful God, as the trees of the forest grow straight and tall reaching up their branches towards the heavens drinking in Your gifts of sunshine and rain, help us to reach out towards You, to accept Your gifts of love and mercy, to grow in grace and to live in Your love.”
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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