“Tantalizing reports blow across the Arabian Desert like the fragrance of cinnamon on the night wind. One man’s name is on every man’s lips: Solomon.” ~ It’s Good to Be Queen
Are you excited to begin our journey with the queen of Sheba? Oh baby. This book has been beating in my heart for three long years. Spending the next several Wednesdays with you, gathered around her story in God’s Word, will be pure joy!
Even if you aren’t able to read the book this fall, I promise you’ll find heaps of encouragement here each week, as we discover how to become as bold, gracious, and wise as the queen of Sheba.
Yes, she was also wealthy, powerful, and famous. But her desire for wisdom is what makes the queen of Sheba a worthy role model.
Blessed… Proverbs 3:13
A good word, yes? All of us long to be “happy” (ASV), to be thought of as “joyful” (ISV), to be seen as “fortunate” (AMP) because of God’s kindness.
Still, I use the word blessed with care. Even though a statement like “Look how God has blessed me!” is the truth, it can sound…well, prideful. People might feel “enviable” (AMP) instead of happy for you. It’s hard to “rejoice with those who rejoice” (Romans 12:15) while they’re reminding you how blessed they are.
…are those… Proverbs 3:13
Whether you’re “the man” (NASB) or “the one” (NABRE) or “the person” (NCV), this blessing is meant for you.
…who find wisdom,… Proverbs 3:13
We’re talking about the kind of wisdom that’s “skillful and godly” (AMP). Not street smarts. Not being in the know. Instead, it’s knowing “right from wrong” (MSG).
In a culture where people can spin a wrong until it sounds right, true wisdom is knowing the difference and doing the right thing. More than insight or intelligence, it’s integrity.
I see this up close daily. My husband, Bill, doesn’t care if something appears right. What matters to him is that it is right, ethically, morally, and spiritually. (I know, I know. Who but God would marry such a good man to a Former Bad Girl?!)
…those who gain understanding. Proverbs 3:13
That’s our queen, who wanted to grow and expand her knowledge and wisdom, and so ventured hundreds of miles north to Jerusalem to meet with King Solomon. Every leader needs “good judgment and common sense” (MSG). The best way to accomplish that—for Solomon, for Sheba, for us—is by “drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences” (AMP).
Together, her words and actions, her motives and methods as recorded in Scripture reveal a woman almost as sage as Solomon himself.
- Be bold and take frequent leaps of faith.
- Be open to whatever God has prepared for you.
- Seek wise counsel from trustworthy sources.
- Be humbled, trusting Him to lift you up.
- Be honest with God, with yourself, with others.
- Encourage everyone who crosses your path.
- Praise God in all things and in every situation.
- Give generously, with open hands and heart.
- Receive graciously, to honor God and the giver.
- End well by loving well all the days of your life.
These truths are listed on our beautiful bookmark. If you’d like one for your book, plus one autographed bookplate to peel-and-stick inside the cover, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and postal address, and we’ll drop your freebie in the mail!
Don’t have a copy of the book? You’ll find It’s Good to Be Queen on sale at a great price on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, ChristianBook, and at your favorite bookstore. And here’s How to Use It’s Good to Be Queen as a Bible Study.
For next week: Read pages 1-17 and answer the Study Guide questions on page 169-170. On Wednesday, August 26 we’ll dive into Chapter One: It’s Good to Be Bold.
I’d love to know before you go: Of Sheba’s ten bits of wisdom listed above, which one speaks to you? Please share your thoughts below. Can’t wait for next week!
Your grateful sister, Liz