That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 2 Chronicles 1:7
Most people would like a blank check given to them to get whatever they want. They want to be able to write in the amount they want and know that it will be given. They dream of the genie in the bottle to grant their very wishes and desires.
God had did this very thing to Solomon. He appears to him and tells Solomon that he can ask for whatever he wants and he will be given it. It was a blank check given by God, Himself.
Many believers have read this passage and often dreamed of God doing this for them. Often this is done out of personal greed, desiring things for self, and not for the greater good.
Yet, many people forget that Jesus had made this same type of statement several thousand years later. He had stated that whatever one asks in His name, it would be given. This is a type of blank check.
God could see Solomon’s heart at the time He made the offer. He knew that Solomon would make a good choice. Solomon did not make a selfish choice for his own benefit, but one that would benefit the people as a nation.
God is always willing to grant requests when it lines up with His will and mission. His will that no one will die and His mission is to save every person. When requests are made with His will and mission in mind, God is more than willing to grant the request. These requests are not selfish or sinful in any way, they are made to God’s glory and kingdom.
Jesus has made this statement to you also. You can go before God and make your requests known to Him. As you go before Him with a request, take a moment to think about your request. Does your request line up with God’s will and mission? Or does it line up with personal greed and desire?
Go through the Bible and learn what God’s heart is about. What is His desire for you and all believers? Align your life and heart to that of God’s and you will ask things of God that line up with His desires. Then ask God and see how God works great things in and through you to build His kingdom.
I pray today that you will know God’s mission for you; that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will put God’s desires first in your life; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life to build His kingdom.
Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11
Ownership of something is desired of most people. They want to own something. People want things to be theirs and not anyone else’s.
This type of desire starts as a young child wanting a toy to be his own and not anyone else’s. He will often refuse to share it, because it is his. As a teen-ager, the boy then wants a car of his own, because everyone else has their own car. He desires to get around on his own and not have to rely on parents or friends. Adults desire an unlimited group of things that they want for their own.
Having ownership of something means that one is in control of it, it is his.
As David was getting ready to die, he gave God some praise. He realized who God is and how great he is. As David saw that, he also realized that everything in heaven and on earth belongs to God.
Understanding that God owns everything can help the believer. It starts off with helping when he loses something. People lose things all the time, and it is not just misplacement here, it is the item is taken away for some reason. Positions come and go, but God is the one with power and position. Knowing that God owns everything helps the believer know that the item was not his anyways.
Along with that, it helps the believer when he is in need of something. God owns everything that a person needs and can provide it as needed. God is a generous God and desires to give His people good things, both physical and non-physical things. Anything that is needed, He is more than willing to supply. One just needs to trust Him for it.
You may be struggling in the area of things. There are things that you have lost and there are things that you need. Instead of focusing on what you lost or need, focus on God. Give Him praise for everything He has already blessed you with.
Realize that those things were and are not yours anyways. Everything belongs to God, whether it is physical or non-physical things.
Give God praise today because He owns everything. Then trust Him for your needs.
I pray today that you will know who God is; that you will give God praise for what He has given you; that you will trust God in what He takes from you; and that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life for all of your needs.
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9
Rejection occurs a lot in this world. People want to do something or get something and they are rejected for one reason or another. Many people suffer greatly from being rejected because of circumstances outside of their own control or because of past choices made.
Getting rejected discourages many people from continuing to try. They want to give up and quit.
As David was nearing his death, he gave some last advice to Solomon, his son. He told Solomon to serve God with all of his heart and to always seek God. As he does these things, he will never be rejected.
While churches can be filled with people, not everyone in the church is seeking God with a whole heart. Many are divided in the heart on serving God, self and this world. They often want the best of both worlds, that of God’s and the world’s.
God can see into the heart of a person and understand what the person is saying or doing. Just going to church and saying a few words, does not make a person a true believer in God or one serving with the whole heart. Selfishness and jealousy often play a role in what a person does.
Serving God can easily be about saving self for self’s sake, rather than about love for God. People often feel that they cannot find what God wants of them. It is because they are not really seeking God with their whole heart. They only want to see or hear parts of God and His word.
When you seek God with all of your heart, you will find Him. He wants to be found. But if you choose to seek Him with only a part of your heart, you will not find Him and will be rejected.
Take time to dedicate everything in you to serve God. Seek His wisdom and direction for your life and don’t back down from it. As you do that, God will guide you and lead you. He will not reject you.
To choose this world, is to reject God. To reject God, is to be rejected for eternity. Don’t get rejected.
I pray today that you will seek God with all of your heart; that you will serve God with all of your life; that you will not be rejected by God; and that your life will be wholly devoted to God.