This morning I was reading the Bible story about when the Queen of Sheba made a visit to King Solomon. She had heard of him and needed to see if all this good stuff about him was true. After experiencing life in the palace of Solomon in Jerusalem, she made the following statement:
“It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.” – Queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10:6-7)
Have you ever heard about someone, but when you finally met them it was a disappointment? It’s better when someone meets your expectations. That’s exactly the impact Solomon had on the Queen. She entered Jerusalem as an unbeliever. But after hearing the wisdom and seeing the prosperity of Solomon, she believed everything she heard – and more.
Jesus uses this story when He talks with the religious leaders who refused to believe He was from God.
“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” – Jesus (Luke 11:31)
As I tried to find a personal application from these Bible verses, it suddenly hit me. As Solomon was greater than the Queen expected, Jesus is more than I have expected. Jesus continues to be more. He forgave me of all my sin. He made me part of His family. He journeys with me in good times and bad times. He is preparing a permanent place for me with Him in Heaven. He gives me friends that help me in the struggles of life. He picks me up when I’m down and brings me down when I think too much of myself. My list could go on and on.
Maybe you are a little pessimistic. You possibly think Jesus can’t help you. You might even be skeptical of His existence and if there is a God
In Mere Christianity, former atheist C. S. Lewis sheds some understanding on this:
“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.” – C.S. Lewis
I have a friend who experienced many of the pleasures our world has to offer. When he finally began to investigate Jesus, He discovered that Jesus satisfied his soul. He told me, “All my life I’ve been looking for something. I didn’t even know what I was looking for, until I found Jesus.”
I believe the human desire for love, joy, and peace is evidence that God exists and there is a place where all good exists. Just like the Queen of Sheba was overwhelmed when she got to the place to meet Solomon personally, our final destination, Heaven, is above all our expectations. No matter what you think about Heaven, it will be better. C. S. Lewis also said,
“There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven, but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else.… Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand. We long for a perfect world not just because this one isn’t but because we sense there really is one. Whether or not we realize it, we’re homesick for heaven.” – C.S. Lewis
I encourage you to pursue Jesus. The more you discover about Him, the more there is to discover. He just gets better and better.