The Queen of Sheba’s visit to King Solomon takes place in 2 Chronicles chapter 9. She had heard of his wisdom and had come bearing gifts and questions to test his wisdom. According to the Bible, the Queen was so impressed by his wisdom that she ended up giving him wonderful gifts.
There are many legends about the Queen of Sheba, apart from the Biblical truth of 2 Chronicles. She is a woman well known, creeping up in many religious texts and in ancient Ethiopian myths (the Ethiopians believed that she was the one who brought the Christian God to their land, because of her visit with Solomon). Outlandish rumours have been cast on her character from these legends, one of the most popular being that she was one of King Solomon’s lovers.
Nevertheless, what set King Solomon apart from other leaders, what made him one of the most famous men in history, what drove the Queen of Sheba to visit him from her far-away country was his wisdom.
In 2 Chronicles 1, we see Solomon as a new king, with God appearing to him in a dream. It’s here that God asks him what he would like – anything he wanted would be granted. Solomon’s wise answer? He asks for wisdom. The Lord is so pleased with his answer that he replies,
“Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches, or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given to you. And I will give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will ever have.” (2 Chronicles 1:11-12)
Wisdom is a gift from God, and it’s something He encourages us to ask for. James 1:5 writes, “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.”
Our own human decisions and efforts are clouded by trying to what’s moral in our own eyes, but oftentimes we don’t see quite clearly enough – this is the plight of being human. But when we turn our eyes to God and ask for help in making wise choices, He gives us a certain level of spiritual discernment that we can’t attain on our own.
Wisdom is attractive. People who are wise may not always be the loudest ones in the room, but they’re the ones whom you find yourself wanting to be around more often than not. There is something about them that draws other people in. Even more, Godly wisdom is something that is a true blessing from the Father, and those who are gifted with it are those that ask.
Some encouragement – this precious gift of wisdom is only a prayer away.