December 11, 2006

 

Encouragement for Today

 

“The Rich Home

Sharon Glasgow, Proverbs 31 Ministries Speaker


Key Verse:

I Kings 10:1, "Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions.” (NKJ)

 

Devotion:

The Queen of Sheba was rich and beautiful. She had everything a queen could want - gold, silver, ivory, precious jewels and servants taking care of her every need in the palace. What more could a woman want?

 

She heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the Name of the Lord.  Even though her people had many gods to worship, none penetrated her heart as the name of the Lord God of Israel. Her heart was so moved by His name that she decided to take a 1,400 mile trip across the desert sands of Arabia to visit this man who knew this God personally.

 

The trip would take her approximately six months each way with camels being able to travel around 20 miles a day. She took a great caravan of servants, loads of spices, gold and unusual wood to give as gifts. Her heart and soul longed for riches that she did not have, and she sensed they would be discovered through Solomon.   Finally, she arrived. It was the grandest palace she had ever laid eyes on. But her purpose wasn’t to see the most beautiful archeological place ever built, it was to find a secret treasure.

 

The secret entrance to the wisdom of the One and only God of the Universe would be worth a year of travel. She talked to Solomon for hours, asking him deep questions about God. She was exhausted, but satisfied by his answers. She found what she had longed for and she said, “Blessed be the Name of Lord.”

Jesus mentions the Queen of Sheba in Matthew 12:42.  He honors her desire for His wisdom. The Queen of Sheba took great pains and trouble to find wisdom, yet the wisdom available to her at that time was the lesser wisdom of a man. The wisdom we have access to through Jesus far out shines that of Solomon. If the Queen of Sheba would travel six months to find truth, how much more should we search for wisdom by opening our hearts to Him who freely gives wisdom, truth and the secrets of His heart?

When people travel to our home it is not the seasonal décor or the cleanliness that will ultimately impress our visitors. It is not the perfectly sculpted yard or the new car in the garage.  It’s the pearl of spiritual insight that they will be drawn to through the Holy Spirit living through you. They will be full and satisfied when they have departed, and the richness of the visit will live on forever when you impart to them the riches God has placed in your heart.

Your home is where your heart is.  Ask God for wisdom. Spend time getting to know Him and you will not only be spiritually rich, but those who enter your home will find treasures that people have traveled the whole earth in search of.

My Prayer for Today:

Dear Lord, I want every person who walks into my home to find the riches that only You can deliver. Help me to be a conduit for You.   In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Additional Resources:

Hospitalitudes, ETC Corner

 

The Tale of Three Trees    by Hunt and Joake

 

Can Martha Have a Mary Christmas  by Brenda Poinsette


Application Steps:
God freely gives spiritual wisdom to those who ask and seek it with all their heart.   Seek God’s wisdom through prayer and the Bible. Ask Him to help you remember all that you learn from Him and to live it all the time.

 

Reflection Points:

Do you spend more time fussing over the outward beauty of your home than the inward beauty of your soul?

 

Can you recall time spent in the home of a godly person? Do you remember the richness you felt there?

 

Can you remember entering the home of a wealthy person only to find it empty of true treasures of the heart?

 

Power Verses:

Isaiah 60:13,” . . .Beautify the place of my sanctuary. . .” (NKJ)

 

I Corinthians 3:12, “If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is, if any one’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.” (NKJ)