Ever have a friend build something up raising your expectations and later you’re disappointed because it just wasn’t as great as you had hoped? It is rare that what we imagine or hear about ever meets our expectations. When an expectation is created, our minds and hearts exaggerate and intensify the inherent value of a person, event or experience often leaving us disappointed when reality is met.
When the Queen of the South finally met King Solomon at the height of his piety and power, she said to the him, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard.”
Her expectations were far out-done. She is far from regretting the expense of her journey and gifts because the reality of who he was far exceeded his fame and reputation. He was at least twice as good as she had heard! Solomon was ALL THAT and MORE.
If you could interview the Saints who have gone on to glory and ask them if their expectations were met as they met Christ and experienced heaven, they would say, “I’ve been in church my whole life and heard preachers tell about how great He is and the magnificence of heaven, but I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even a fraction was told me; Christ has far exceeded my expectations!”
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” – 1 Cor. 2:9
A friend and I were discussing what impresses us? Apart from the athletic achievements of those like Michael Jordan or the financial prowess of investors like Warren Buffet, we’re not impressed by much. Have we lost our awe when it comes to God? We certainly have lost the meaning of the word ‘awesome.’
In the Old Testament there’s a story about a Queen who travels a far distance at great personal expense to meet King Solomon to hear of his wisdom, experience his greatness and to learn of his God. When the queen of Sheba saw 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 offerings he made at the temple of the LORD, she was overwhelmed. There was no more spirit in her. Her knees became weak and she felt faint when she saw his magnificence.
Sure, she was impressed by his wealth and wisdom, but she was most impressed by the sincerity of his devotion to the Lord in the manner in which he went up to the house of the Lord. Solomon was soooo Great, but he went to the Lord with all Humility and Devotion with generous sacrifices. In all his greatness and splendor, he was humble before the God of Israel. And this greatly impressed her because NEVER HAD SHE SEEN SO MUCH GOODNESS ACCOMPANIED BY SO MUCH GREATNESS. Such humility accompanied by such majesty! And this overwhelmed her to the point where there was no more spirit in her. She was amazed, she had never seen the likes of Solomon.
Yet we can be so unimpressed by the One he worships. Jesus says in Luke 11:31- “One Greater than Solomon is Here.”