Devotional

Desperate for Wisdom

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.” (2 Chronicles 9:7)

The Queen of Sheba was impressed. She had found it hard to believe that King Solomon was as wise as people said he was. But after having her own sit-down meeting with him she proclaimed that the reports had not done him justice.

“And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.” (2 Chron. 9:5,6)

The queen did not make the far journey to Solomon’s palace out of mere curiosity. Yes, she saw the magnificence of what he built, but she was more interested in discovering what he had to say. “… And when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not.” (2 Chron. 9:1,2) Her trip was well worth it, and when leaving she could only remark how blessed those were who could continually stand in the king’s presence to hear his wisdom.

Jesus often commended the actions of zealous gentiles in order to reprove the laxity of His own people. He contrasted the zeal of the “queen of the south” to hear Solomon’s wisdom with their shallow desire to “see a sign.” (Mt. 12:38)

“And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. 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.” (Luke 11:29-31)

What are we after in this day? Are we chasing after supernatural signs and wonders, or are we more interested in hearing and applying the wisdom of Christ to our lives? Do we want Him to search the innermost parts of our being by His Spirit and speak life changing words of truth to our condition? A “greater than Solomon” is available to us. He beckons those who are far off and those who are near to come and learn of Him.

Blessed are those who are desperate to discover the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that are in Christ Jesus. (Col. 2:3) They will find it, and marvel at its exceeding greatness. Even more blessed are those who have the privilege to hear from Him day in and day out.

Be zealous to hear and apply all that King Jesus would say to you. “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:28)


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.