A ONE-ON-ONE ENCOUNTER
1 Kings 10:7 However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard.
After a one-on-one with Solomon, we read that ‘The Queen of Sheba was in complete awe’ (10:5). Some versions use the statement ‘it took her breath away’. It is therefore then of little surprise that after their interaction, the Queen felt she had been deceived. Not because she hadn’t being given advance information about king Solomon, but because by virtue of personally engaging with the man, she realised ‘not even half of the story had been relayed to her.’
There is really then a difference between being told about and experiencing – whether it is an event, a place or even a person”. Until we encounter these to an extent that satisfies our own curiosity, we are likely to build our conclusions from predefined or biased points of view.
‘Taste and see that the Lord is good‘ -like the Queen, that is an invitation which draws us into personal and experiential encounters with God. Bearing in mind that it is only after we have truly encountered Him that our assessment of his ability and capability will be made resolute.