1 Kings 10:6-7
And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.
Sometimes it seems we are a generation of skeptics with an “I’ll believe it when I see it” kind of attitude. And sometimes that seems like a necessary attitude. There are many people who would try to mislead us. Lies are perpetrated to cover up crimes and other misdeeds. Hoaxes and scams abound as people try to benefit from other people’s trusting natures and gullibility. And often things that sound too good to be true turn out to be just that.
The queen of Sheba perhaps had this attitude when she set out for Solomon’s kingdom. Maybe she tried to imagine an expansive, thriving kingdom, the riches it would hold, and a king whose wisdom surpassed all others. She’d heard all the stories but doubted how true they could be. The picture of Solomon’s wealth and wisdom seemed too good to be true. But when she saw it for herself, she realized that instead of being less than what she imagined, Solomon’s wisdom and kingdom were greater than she could have ever thought.
Jesus commends those, like us, who would believe on Him without ever seeing Him or His miracles for themselves. We believe on Christ without ever having seen Him in person. We believe in heaven and anticipate the wonders and beauty we will find there. We have but a glimpse in the words of Scripture of what it will be like when our Lord takes us home to be with Him.
Like the queen of Sheba, we probably have some idea of what we can expect. We try to imagine the streets of gold, the angels, the gated city, maybe our own mansion, and finally the glory of seeing our Lord face-to-face. But surely we cannot imagine even half of what it will be like. And certainly the glory of heaven and of our Savior will surpass all of our expectations. Surely we will be pleasantly surprised by what we find when we behold our King and rest in His presence and experience up close His love, wisdom, and majesty.
Right now, we can only listen to the stories and daydream about what our future home will be like. We may eagerly anticipate the moment when we will finally get to be with Jesus in heaven. And one day, we will make that journey and see for ourselves the wonder of Jesus and the home He’s prepared for us. And though we can hardly fathom what it will be like, we know it will be more amazing and wonderful than we could ever hope.