The Kings 10 – Reports and Encounters

​Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord ’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.” (1 Kings 10:9 NIV) 

Before choosing to spend money to watch a film at the cinema I value the reports of others. I consider them carefully before going to watch the film and my encounter with the film is adjudged on what the report suggested. More often than not the encounter and report more or less match. Sometimes the report was overrated in comparison to the encounter. Very rarely, however, will the encounter be greater than the report. 

The Queen of Sheba had received reports about how great this King Solomon was supposed to be, so she wanted an encounter to see if he lived up to the hype. That says a lot for the reports she received. So it says something even more significant about the encounter when her own report back to Solomon insists that so breathtaking was the experience, that the reports she got didn’t tell half the story! 

It was mind-blowing enough to consider his splendour and immense riches on display. It was enough for her to express praise for the wisdom and wealth. As well as that, however, there was also a recognition that this great wisdom was given by God for the purpose of maintaining justice and righteousness. Such a recognition says far more about Solomon than his massive wealth. 

It is great to be talented and as a result tremendously wealthy. It is far greater to apply the talent and wealth to enriching the lives of others and stimulating what’s right and fair for all. That can generate interest and reports that can be spread to others. As long as we are committed to doing that which is right and fair encounters with us will exceed whatever reports are made about. 

Here is hoping those reports will be spread that attract more encounters of the divine kind. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

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