When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon (fame due to the name of the Lord), she came to test him with hard questions. I Kings 10: 1 NRSV
Even though Solomon was wise, even though his wisdom (and more) was given to him by God, and even though the purpose of the gift of wisdom was given for Israel, Solomon still faced challenges and tests by those not among his people.
Even when God answers our prayers and the proofs of God's blessings are upon us, we will still be challenged by those who are not part of our community, whether they are believers or not.
We need God's direction when we are tested. And we shouldn't blame others for challenging us. It is human nature to be doubtful!
When God answers your prayers, remember that not everyone will accept what has been done by God. You will face questions. Try not to get angry or defensive - remember the queen of Sheba and that God's continued presence and guidance.
God, we just ask for your guidance when we are challenged about answered prayer. Help us not to be angry or hurt. Give us a balance of wisdom and empathy. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims