When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions….Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon, as well as the palace he had built, the food on his table…and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.
She said to the king, “…Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you. ~2 Chronicles 9:1-8
At this point of 2 Chronicles, King of Solomon had been busy; he finished building the temple and was follow God’s laws. In return for his dedication, God blessed him and the country of Israel with wealth and food. A nearby ruler had heard the stories of Israel’s rise and their wise king, and she grew interested. So she journeyed to visit King Solomon, burning to ask questions about this wonderful God that has blessed his people so much.
As we grow close to God, our friends begin to notice, just like how the Queen noticed Israel’s change. They will see you showing devotion to God, and curiosity will bring them to ask you questions, giving you the opportunity to share Christ with them. But how can we answer these questions?
The queen of Sheba’s questions were hard, but Solomon had wisdom from God to answer her perfectly. When our friends ask us questions about God, it might be a little intimidating at first. But we can believe that God will give us the wisdom to answer their questions the best way possible.
However, our influence alone will never bring someone to follow Jesus. We plant the seeds but we never harvest the crop, that’s the Holy Spirit’s job. When the queen of Sheba saw the blessings God had given Solomon, the Holy Spirit came and overwhelmed her, and she praised the Lord. The same will happen for us too. When we show our friends the light of Jesus, the Holy Spirit does the rest. He will speak to their hearts in ways we never could. It take the Holy Spirit to bring someone to Jesus, not fancy words or human will power. However, if we shine our light to our friends, the Holy Spirit will touch their hearts and bring them to Christ.
Pray to God and ask who He wants you to shine your light to. Pray for these friends and always be open to talk about Christ with them, and let God do the rest.