When the Queen of Sheba treks to Jerusalem to visit Solomon in 1 Kings 10, it’s no run-of-the-mill visit. Between her visit and the fleet of Hiram, it’s a series of what’s big, best, and only:
- Big/best - “She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones” (verse 2).
- Big/best/only - “Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices and precious stones. Never again came such an abundance of spices as these that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon” (verse 10).
- Big/best/only – “Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a very great amount of almug wood and precious stones. No such almug wood has come or been seen to this day” (verses 11-12).
I’ve heard it taught that as the Queen of Sheba came to Solomon, so are we to come to the Lord. It’s another series of big, best and only.
We bring our biggest and best to the Lord, our “firstfruits.” (Of course, He wants all of us just as we are.) And there’s nothing routine about meeting with the Lord. It’s a whole series of onlys – each encounter unique, if we allow God to work. Because although He’s the Rock (Deut. 32:4) and the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8), He’s also the God who does a new thing (Isa. 43:19) and makes all things new (Rev. 21:5).
He is worthy of what’s big, best and only. Praise Him.