Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions.
When people hear that you’re a Christian, or maybe when you decide to get real with your faith, they will seek to test you. It’s not so much a desire on their part to tear you down, they too want something real. They’re testing you because you’re a witness to them. If it’s real for you, perhaps it could be real for them. You are the message.
O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart
Solomon’s prayer is still valid today… God keeps his covenant and shows not simply great love, but steadfast love. God doesn’t change and if you know Him through His Son Jesus Christ then you are His, forever! You are loved!
Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.
David started it, Solomon finished. You don’t have to do it all by yourself. Sometimes God’s work through you will take generations. Be patient and work with others. God’s plan is bigger than just you.
In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord.
It took 480 years for God to begin to give His people a permanent place to worship, and we sometimes get impatient if we go a week or so without God answering our prayers (the way we want). Trust in the Lord, His time table is different than ours.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
God has done some amazing things. He created the heavens and the earth (that pretty much covers everything, by the way), and He has provided a way for us to be saved. That’s worthy of some praise. See, God’s people praise Him. It’s not that we “should” praise Him, but that if we are His, if we’ve been bought by the blood of His Son, we WILL praise Him. We tell people, we actually open our mouths and SPEAK about what it means to be part of His kingdom, to have Jesus as our King. We make known what God did by sending Jesus to die for people, that’s the gospel. And we’ll keep doing it until He returns. That’s not optional, genuine Christians tell the amazing story of Christ. If we are not compelled to do that, then we need to check to be sure He’s really living in our lives… tell someone about Jesus today, invite someone to church this week, never stop blessing the Lord and speaking of the glory of His kingdom!