For as long as I can remember, my favorite colors have been red and purple. The color red is associated with boldness and passion, and the color purple is associated with royalty and wisdom.
I also think that these words- bold, passionate, royal, and wise- also perfectly describe the Queen of Sheba.
Now, a week ago, if you asked me about the Queen of Sheba, I would respond with a confused expression and a questioning, “Who?”
But about a week ago, that changed. With a regal, purple cover, and gold print, the book caught my eye. It was titled, “It’s Good to Be Queen,” and told the story of the Queen of Sheba. I cracked open the book. And. Couldn’t. Stop. Reading.
It was a wonderful book, written by Liz Curtis Higgs, and today I’m going to share about one part of the book that touched me.
The book starts with the story of the Queen of Sheba (aka Sheba), who, as written in 1 Kings, hears of the wisdom of Solomon, and travels very far to test his wisdom and learn from him about many things. Bringing gifts of spices, gold, and precious stones, Sheba is delighted to stay in Solomon’s palace and learn about his God. After learning much from Solomon, Sheba decides to follow God and returns to her home country.
Liz really delves deep into the story of Sheba, and notes some important virtues that Sheba possesses.
For example, It’s Good to Be Humbled. Now, Sheba was a wealthy queen, but after seeing “all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offering he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.” (1 Kings 10: 4-5)
In Liz’s words, “It is one thing to be humble, to willingly bow our heads and hearts, just as the Word tells us: ‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand.’ But it’s something else again to be humbled. To get knocked down a peg.
Sheba was humbled after seeing how God had blessed Solomon. She probably felt a little intimidated. As a queen, she was used to humbling others, not being humbled herself.
Because of sin in the world, I don’t want to be humbled. I want to do things my own way, be picked first, get noticed. I get a sense of superiority. I think of myself too highly, and I feel silly when I am humbled. When I meet someone, and I see how they are gifted and close to God and intelligent, I feel intimidated. I feel like I don’t measure up. As Liz says, I “get knocked down a peg.”
Then God speaks to me, in my heart. He says, Lydia. I have made you special. You shouldn’t compare yourselves to others. But when you begin to think of yourself too highly, you lose your connection with Me. You might think that you don’t need Me in your life. That is why you must be humbled.
I thank God for reminding me of who I am- a servant of God. We as humans were created to share the Gospel, love others, and spread the glory of God. (Notice that I said that we should glorify God, NOT ourselves.)
Like Sheba, Jesus sets an example- the ultimate example- of being humbled. He “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8)
Jesus humbled Himself from the very beginning. As the King of Kings, He came down to Earth, the place of sin and death, to be born to a teenager, in a barn, and laid in a manger. He served others all throughout His life, eventually dying on a cross to save us, poor sinners.
Don’t you think that if the Lord, the most perfect human being to ever walk the Earth, humbled Himself, we should be humbled as well? Jesus had every reason to act superior and look down on others. But He didn’t.
Although it can be very hard, we need to follow Sheba and Jesus’ example. We need to be humbled. We need to let go of our pride. When we humble ourselves, we become closer to God.
It’s Good to Be Humbled is just one chapter in “It’s Good to Be Queen.” In the book, Liz Curtis Higgs explains what Sheba did, how she acted, and why we should follow her great example.
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