October 10, 2017

Romans 12:12 (NLT) — 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

There is a built in digital clock on the instrument panel of my motorcycle. Every spring I need to reset it because: 1. Daylight savings time and 2. It has been sitting in the garage all winter and the clock has a tendency to lose a few minutes of time over the winter months. Because I only do this about once a year I usually forget how to do it and I have to resort to reading the owners manual for the instructions. In fact as I was writing this I was trying to remember the procedure but I have already forgotten. If I would read the clock setting section over periodically throughout the year I wouldn’t forget the procedure when the clock needs to be reset. In fact I am not confident right now that I could go out to the garage and reset that clock. After all it has been months since I have reviewed the manual.

I believe that the reason we fail to rejoice regularly in our confident hope is that our hope isn’t that confident. And the only way to get that confidence back is to read the manual, the bible, regularly each day. So having said that, my regular bible reading has taken me to 1Kings 10. This chapter tells us how God blessed Solomon with unmatched wisdom and wealth. The Queen of Sheba had heard stories about Solomon and so she had to come and hear and see for herself what all the hoopla was about. Listen to what she had to say and what she did:

1 Kings 10:6–10 (NLT) — 6 She exclaimed to the king, “Everything I heard in my country about your achievements and wisdom is true! 7 I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of it! Your wisdom and prosperity are far beyond what I was told. 8 How happy your people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom! 9 Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king so you can rule with justice and righteousness.” 10 Then she gave the king a gift of 9,000 pounds of gold, great quantities of spices, and precious jewels. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

She got it. She started praising God for his love for his people and his generosity towards them. The writer of 1Kings also picks up on the fact that it is God from whom all blessing flow! I believe the 1Kings 10 is a glimpse or a preview of what is going to happen when Jesus comes back. It is as if the writer of 1Kings is saying, “As it was in 1Kings 10 so shall it be for all God’s kids. Jesus even talked about his chapter.

Matthew 12:42 (NLT) — 42 The queen of Sheba will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.

Jesus is saying, “I am greater than Solomon if you will listen to my words and receive me as your messiah your future will better than it was in the days of Solomon. Even the gentile queen of Sheba got it.”

Isaiah echoed this great future when he prophesied:

Isaiah 60:5–6 (NLT) — 5 Your eyes will shine, and your heart will thrill with joy, for merchants from around the world will come to you. They will bring you the wealth of many lands. 6 Vast caravans of camels will converge on you, the camels of Midian and Ephah. The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense and will come worshiping the Lord.

Pastor Dan, “The Word of God is that confident ray of hope flickering through the clouds of uncertain circumstances.”

Psalm 119:77 (NLT) — 77 …your instructions are my delight.

Philippians 3:1 (NLT) — 1 Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Your quote about hope reminded me of something. A few weeks ago Melissa and I were coming home from Fargo. At one point I looked over to the West and the sun was covered by clouds but there was this beautiful fan of rays shining down through the clouds to the earth. I pointed it out to Melissa saying “look at God’s painting “. I’m convinced He gives us visual reminders of His presence if we are looking.

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      Amen! Yes what you just said made me change my quote from ‘behind’ the clouds to ‘through’ the clouds.