2 Chronicles 9:1-12

Visit of the Queen of Sheba

9 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with difficult questions. She had a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and a large amount of gold and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was on her heart. Solomon [a]answered all her questions; nothing was hidden from Solomon which he did not [b]explain to her. When the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house which he had built, the food at his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his ministers and their attire, his cupbearers and their attire, and [c]his stairway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, she was breathless. Then she said to the king, “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. Nevertheless I did not believe their reports until I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold, the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You surpass the report that I heard. How [d]blessed are your men, how [e]blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom. Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you, setting you on His throne as king for the Lord your God; because your God loved Israel establishing them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.” Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold and a very great amount of spices and precious stones; there had never been spice like that which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

10 The servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon who brought gold from Ophir, also brought algum trees and precious stones. 11 From the algum trees the king made steps for the house of the Lord and for the king’s palace, and lyres and harps for the singers; and none like that was seen before in the land of Judah.

12 King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire which she requested besides a return for what she had brought to the king. Then she turned and went to her own land with her servants.

Verse 8 is exactly the point of the glory of Solomon, and it is the only reason God allows any of his children fame and glory–that they might point people back to Him as the true source of all that they are.

It has been amazing to watch disc golf coverage this year, as a large number of players who reach the “lead card” have given glory to God as they’ve been interviewed. And they also acknowledge that they are not in control, which is an interesting side note. For all of Solomon’s glory and wisdom, he was not the one in charge. It was God who gave Solomon wisdom to build the temple, and his palace, and to answer every question from the queen of Sheba.

When you accomplish something amazing, something noteworthy, remember to point folks back to the Source. And always have a heart of humility, remembering that God is the ultimate authority in everything we do.

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