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He Took Her Breath Away

2 Chronicles 9:3-4

When the queen of Sheba observed Solomon’s wisdom, the palace he had built, the food at his table, his servants’ residence, his attendants’ service and their attire, his cupbearers and their attire, and the burnt offerings he offered at the LORD’s temple, it took her breath away.

The queen of Sheba visited Solomon to validate rumors she had heard about him. Her visit, however, should be viewed as much more than just an effort to satisfy her curiosity. Solomon had begun maritime trade activities in the Red Sea, and the queen of Sheba controlled the ports of southwest Arabia and the trade routes between India and East Africa and the Mediterranean Sea. Solomon’s trade activity could very well have jeopardized her own trade, but cooperation between the two could have greatly benefited them both. Her visit had great political and economical significance, as well.

While the queen was deeply impressed with Solomon’s wisdom and wealth, her underlying observations have much to teach us. She could not help but notice how well Solomon treated his servants and how blessed they were. Even his servants were richly dressed, lived in a fine residence, and served with excellence. If his servants lived so well, just imagine how blessed the people of the land must be! She left there with more than she brought, and it took her breath away. How great was the God of Israel, who had lavished Solomon and His people with wisdom and favor!

How we treat those who serve us matters. They are a reflection of our leadership. Solomon treated his servants extremely well, and they served him with excellence. Indeed, God has truly blessed us, and we should serve Him with the same amount of excellence. As His servants, we are a reflection of Him. The world cannot help but notice and respect our blessing when we serve Him well.

Take time today to consider how well God has blessed you. Stop your complaining, and determine to serve Him with excellence. Don’t think about the minimal amount of time or effort required of you to just get by; minimal effort produces minimal results. The more you give to God, the more He gives you in return. You can never out give God, as the queen of Sheba learned. When you give God your very best, He gives you His very best for your circumstances in return. Give your all to Him today, and watch Him take your breath away!

Have a blessed day!

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