Don’t overlook the key to success

Yesterday I met with a Congressman friend of mine for several hours and he told me he wanted to thank me. He and I were on a CEO Forum bus tour together whereby we both were speakers. I told him that King Solomon had a huge influence on my early life and I received much business acumen from the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

He of course had spent no small amount of time in the book of Proverbs; however, aside from being difficult to spell Ecclesiastes had never been a book he even liked, much less enjoyed. But based upon my comments, he took a new look at it and God opened his eyes to it with an entirely different perspective. He even began teaching it in Sunday school and shortly thereafter one of his buddies thanked him for turning him on to it. LOL

I came to study those books because early in my career I wanted a mentor. The problem was I didn’t have any friends and was too anti-social and full of low self-esteem to try and make any. As I pondered it, I asked myself if I could have anyone as a mentor who would it be. King Solomon came to mind; after all people came from every corner of the world just to sit at his feet and listen including the Queen of Sheba.

The Queen of Sheba, according to the Bible, was a woman of great wealth, beauty, and power. Sheba, believed to be either in Ethiopia or Yemen by most biblical scholars, was a well-established city, and, although there is little evidence outside the Bible as to the nature of the monarchy and how it was established, it is clear that the Queen of Sheba ruled alone and was not enamored with the religions in her own land.

The Queen of Sheba traveled to Jerusalem as she had “heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, and came to test Solomon with hard questions” (1 Kings 10:1). As God had granted Solomon the gift of wisdom (1 Kings 3:5–12), “nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her” (1 Kings 10:3). After a meal together, the Queen of Sheba declares how impressed she is with Solomon’s answers, hospitality, and the reputation that preceded him. The story ends with an exchange of resources and the Queen of Sheba returning “with her entourage to her own country” (1 Kings 10:13).

Two lessons can be learned just from the story of the Queen of Sheba. First, like King Solomon, believers are to show evidence of God’s favor in their lives, whatever their role, profession, or environment. Second, the reputation of believers should precede them by their godly words and actions, for we are “Christ’s ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

The Bible declared that God blessed Solomon mightily and that he would be the wisest and richest person to ever live. Imagine that for a moment! There is much to learn from this man in the Bible.

I correctly deducted that I didn’t have to travel anywhere to sit at his feet. All I had to do is read the Bible. I read and studied Proverbs which is known as the book of wisdom daily, (and still do), and I read Ecclesiastes which kind of sums up what old King Solomon learned in life.

I attribute reading and studying those books written by him to be the leading factors in contributing to the success I enjoyed in raising godly children, building successful businesses, and trying to always put God first.

We should keep in mind that every book of the Bible was included for God’s purpose. Even the seemingly nondescript books and verses in the Bible are powerful enough to change lives forever.

I know those books helped to change mine.

Listen to this summation of what the wise and wealthy king learned through his vast life’s experiences which were highlighted by his building of God’s temple in Jerusalem.

Eccl. 12:13

That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.

April 20 2017 – Click here to listen

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