“Sheba didn’t solicit just anyone’s advice. She consulted the wisest, most devout person in the ancient world.” ~ It’s Good to Be Queen
Chapter Three: It’s Good to Seek Wise Counsel
Who doesn’t want answers? How to, when to, where to, what to, and maybe most of all, who to. Who to turn to when we’re hurting or confused. Who to trust with the things that matter to us. Who to depend on when we need solid advice.
For the queen of Sheba, the king of Israel filled the bill, since “Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth” (1 Kings 10:23).
Not many of us would travel two long months—on a camel—just to listen to a wise guy talk. But Sheba was a seeker. Her desire to know more and grow more is what makes her a stellar role model, especially because she aimed higher than Solomon, seeking the One who was Wisdom itself.
Here’s what happened.
Solomon answered all her questions;… 1 Kings 10:3
This boggles my mind. I’m married to a very smart guy, but he doesn’t know everything about everything. Who could answer all our questions, meet all our needs, put all our doubts to rest?
You know: His name is Jesus.
- He is wisdom and knowledge incarnate. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
- He is the creator of all things. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3).
- He is the ultimate authority. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18).
You can ask the Lord anything and be assured of an answer. Of course, the next question is, “How do we do that?” All the usual methods for reaching out—phone call, letter, email, social media, text—aren’t a good fit for our holy God.
The solution? Set up a daily appointment with Him. His office hours are 24/7, His services are freely given, and His wisdom exceeds Solomon’s ten million times over. (Okay, way more than that.)
As we speak, I’m sitting across from an empty chair in my dining room, pouring out the unanswered questions weighing on my mind at the moment. I am saying them aloud, but you could meditate on them or write them down, so people won’t think you’re talking to yourself.
Truth is, we’re talking to God, who is listening and ever present. He is with us.
So, how does He answer us? Booming voice? Writing on the wall? Not at the Higgs house. My conscience may nag me, the adversary may accuse me, but God’s voice is gentle and low, and His words are full of love.
How can we be certain it’s His voice we’re hearing in our hearts? He speaks like He writes. His whispered words match His written Word.
And He never says, “I don’t know.”
…nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. 1 Kings 10:3
“No matter how difficult” (CEV), our King not only answers us, but also explains things. That’s love in action, caring enough to help us grasp the why, not just the what, so we’ll have a mind at rest, a heart at peace, and a sense of knowing that we know.
Once we’ve asked our questions, the Lord invariably leads us to His Word. His truth confirms and guides, moving us from answers to action. This is what God wants from us: not merely a full mind or a full heart, but a full life spent serving Him.
Suppose I tackle just one of our Study Guide questions? Then, I’d love to hear from you.
From the Study Guide
Do you think of yourself as a seeker, in need of further knowledge? Or as a counselor, ready to help others find their way?
I hope I’ll always seek after knowledge, because who can ever get enough of God and His Word? I’m also willing to counsel, encourage, or guide anyone who crosses my path, as the Spirit leads.
So, yes, I think it’s possible, even necessary to do both. But one costs more.
The first one is a matter of pouring in. If you’re open (see chapter two!), and eager to learn, you’re good to go.
The second one requires pouring out. It’s an investment of your time, energy, and resources. Hours, days, even weeks of listening more than talking, constantly searching your heart and God’s Word for the wisdom He offers, praying it will meet the person’s needs, yet not always getting to see the end result.
Hmmm. Writing this down is pretty convicting. The truth? I gladly pour out on the page, on the stage, online, but am I willing to pour into one person’s life and consider it time well spent? If no one knows but the other person, if no one sees but God, does it count for the kingdom?
The answer is obvious. So is my discomfort.
Lord Jesus, you know I love to study, to learn, to fill my head. But when You ask me to pour out, to give, to sacrifice, I find a dozen reasons why it’s not convenient. Next week, next month, but not right now. Help me order my life such that sharing Your wisdom with one person is first on the list and not last. Help me be willing to be unnoticed, invisible. Behind the scenes instead of starring in a scene. I love Your Word, Lord. Help me faithfully give it away.
Now, it’s your turn
Are you more of a seeker? Or a counselor? Please share your thoughts below, so we can encourage one another.
Your grateful sister, Liz
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