1 King 3:5 A Free Ticket To Ask

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At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God asked, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5 

One of the wishes of many people would be able to ask someone or something for anything that they want and that they will get it. Many stories of have been written over the years of people finding a magic lamp with a genie in it. The genie comes out and offers three wishes to the owner of the lamp.

Some of the owners struggle as to what to ask for, wanting only to get the best thing possible, not wanting to waste a wish. In the process of asking, sometimes the owner likes what he has been given and other times regrets what he was given. The genie gives the request whether it is really a good one or not.

Although genies are not real, God is. Once Solomon had become king of Israel, God came to him one night and allowed him to ask for whatever he wants, and God would give it to him. With some thought, Solomon chose to ask for God’s wisdom in his life.

Over the years since that time, many people have desired God to ask them that same question. They want God to give them the same proposal to ask whatever they want of Him. Most are forgetting that Jesus had said the same thing. He had stated that those who believe in Him could ask of anything according to His will and they would get it.

That request to ask for anything has never been changed or rescinded. God still loves to give His people what they ask for. However, the question is what will people ask for?

Often people ask for wealth or things to benefit themselves. It is all about self, rather than God and His kingdom.

Believers are to be focused on God and building His kingdom first and foremost. The things that they need to ask for should be to that effort.

You have the opportunity to ask God for whatever you want. What is your heart’s desire to have?

Solomon chose wisdom. It was about serving God and the kingdom God had given him. What will your choice be?

Will it be like the majority of the world, something for self?

Or will it be something to honor God and build His kingdom?

Ask God today. He is waiting.

I pray today that you will know God’s heart; that you will know what God wants of you; that you will seek God’s desires for your life; and that you will believe God only gives what is best for you and His kingdom. 

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James 1:5-6 Seeking Wisdom

 

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If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:5-6

Wisdom is knowing what to say or do with the knowledge that one has already. People know how to do many different things, but are not always sure of the best way to use that knowledge correctly.

People have sought wisdom for thousands of years in many different ways. There are many people who were philosophers on life and wrote books on how to be wise, some giving some wise wisdom.

Most people, when they become an adult, can think a back to some wise things that their parents had told them. Or they may remember some wise words that another person had told them dealing with some area of their life.

While this wisdom can sound good, it is not always the best and perfect wisdom. James tells the people that if they need wisdom, all they need to do is ask God. God is a loving and generous God and wants to give out His wisdom to those who ask.

His wisdom is perfect, because He is perfect. However, not everyone wants to accept His wisdom, because in the eyes of the world it does not look very good. The believer must ask and not doubt what God shows him, regardless of how crazy it may appear.

There are people who ask God for wisdom, but then reject it when they get it. They doubt that it is really the best wisdom possible. In this way they get tossed around, because they follow the wisdom of this world, and not that of God.

There will be times you will need wisdom in how to deal with a situation in your life. The first thing you must do is go to God and ask for wisdom. Know that God will answer you with the best answer. Then you must believe what God has told you.

Do not allow yourself to doubt the wisdom of God. He is perfect and has been around for all eternity. His is wise above the wisest person on this earth. God loves you and will guide you correctly.

I pray today that you will seek God for all wisdom; that you will trust God’s wisdom for your life; that you will believe all that God says; and that you will act upon God’s word to you.

John 2:4 In His Time

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“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” John 2:4

Jesus and His disciples had went to a wedding in Cana. While there the host had run out of wine. Mary mentioned that to Jesus. He asked why she tried to involve Him. Later Jesus had the servants pour water into the glasses. As the water was drank, it was turned into wine.

All throughout the bible people are told to ask God for what they need. They are to be bold in what they request and seek God for. There are many examples of people asking for things and God providing the need.

However, there are also many times that a person asks God for something and does not get it. Sometimes he does not get it right away, while at other times he never receives what was desired. This has to do with God’s will and timing.

Mary had asked for some help in a situation that the people had, yet Jesus did not fulfill it right away. He waited. His waiting was to wait on His Father for the right time. Jesus knew that it was not His time to do a miracle in public yet.

Most people who are asking God for something, want it right away. They cannot understand why God wants them to wait or why they never receive it. This is where trusting in God’s timing is important.

God sees the bigger picture of life. He sees the beginning, middle and end all at the same time. Because He sees this bigger picture, He also knows when it is the best time to do anything.

It is the same with parents of little children. Little children will request something and the parents will say not right now, wait. The parents understand why waiting is best, but the child does not. The child must trust in the parent.

As you request something from God, remember to wait for His answer and trust it. You may have to wait a while for that request to be fulfilled. Know that God has your best interest in mind. It may not be the time for it right now, though as a human being you see it as an immediate need.

In the right time, God will turn your water into wine. Wait on Him and trust Him for your provision.

I pray today that you will seek God for all of your needs; that you will trust in God’s timing in your life; that you will not fear God did not hear you; and that you will do all things on His time-table.

 

Zechariah 10:1 Ask The Lord

Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone. Zechariah 10:1

The people were seeking false gods and idols for the rain to come. Zechariah tells them to ask God for the rain. He points out that it is God who provides rain for every person. It is also He who provides the plants for everyone.

During the Old Testament times rain was extremely important to the people. It allowed for the plants to grow. The plants provided food for the people and animals. It also provided something to sell for income needed for other things. Without any rain, they people would slowly die off, not having any food or income.

In most places in today’s society, people do not rely as much upon the rain personally. However, when there is a drought it does affect every person. The price of food goes up, because of the lack of it growing and high demand.

Without rain, the farmers cannot grow any crops. Without the crops they have no income, causing many to look for work somewhere else. Which causes a loss of someone else getting a job.

Instead of looking to physical idols today, people often look to the government or other people to provide for their needs. They make the government and other people their gods or idols.

The first place a person should look for provision is from God. God is the One who created everything that there is. He owns it all. He is the One who makes it rain, on both the believers and the unbelievers.

When you are faced with a challenging problem of provision, seek God first. He is a God who loves and wants to give good gifts to every person. The greatest gift He gave was forgiveness and life through His Son Jesus Christ. If He is willing to give that, how much more willing will He be to give you some food or some other thing that you need in this life?

Do not start with looking towards others or the government for provision. Don’t even look at your job for provision. Look to the Lord, who is full of grace, mercy and wants to give provide for you everything that you need. Take time to ask Him for help first.

I pray today that you will know the provision of God in your life; that you will seek God first in all of your needs; that you will trust God for your needs; and that God will show Himself faithful to you. 

Proverbs 30:8-9 Truth And Contentment

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. Proverbs 30:8-9

Agur makes two requests of God to be granted. The first is very understandable and many will ask of it also: to be kept from falsehood and lies. Many understand this and do not want to be in lies. Telling lies gets a person on a slippery downward slope that is difficult to get back up. The farther from the edge of that slope a person is the better off he is.

The other request is to have neither poverty nor wealth. Many struggle with this one, because most people want wealth. There is nothing wrong with wealth, in and of itself. The problem comes in that when a person gets wealthy, he will usually forget about God. The reliance on God will go away.

It will cause many people to stop relying on God for their provision and rely on their own works.

Along side of not wanting extreme wealth, Agur does not want to be extremely poor. He fears that he will end up stealing to survive, which dishonors God.

His request is to have just enough for his daily bread.

The challenge with having just enough for your daily bread, is that you cannot directly see what there will be for tomorrow. It is a walk of faith, not by sight. It is trusting that God will meet all of your needs from day-to-day. It is not worrying about tomorrow.

This can be a scary journey, if you do not realize who God is, how much He loves you, and how much He can do. God is the master of the universe, He loves you with an undying, perfect and eternal love, and He is all-powerful and can do anything needed.

How is your trust in God today?

Are you trying to get rich, to provide for yourself?

Are you stealing to provide for yourself?

Or are you trusting God to provide just what you need, when you need it?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will see God’s provision for you; that you will trust God for day-to-day needs; and that you will not try to do everything on your own.

Psalm 139:23-24 Ask God To Search Your Heart

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Very few people really like their inner thoughts to be known by other people. Most, if they are honest, probably have thoughts in their hearts that would not look good to others if they saw them.

The inner thoughts of a person can be hidden from people because they cannot fully see into the heart and mind of another person. Thoughts of hatred, jealousy, anger, frustration, fear, and other thoughts often sit hidden inside the heart and mind of a person. Some very gentle appearing people have some deep-seated hatred for others hidden in their heart.

These types of hidden thoughts also sit inside the heart of believers in a church. A person wants to look good to others  in the church, so he keeps those thoughts buried. Most people agree that these thoughts are bad and sinful.

However, one type of thought that David wanted God to search for was his anxious thoughts. Being anxious about something is to be worried about something. When a person is worrying about something, he is not trusting God, which is an offensive way to Him. When he is not trusting God, he is saying that God is not good and perfect. He is not allowing God to be on the throne of his life or of this world.

Most believers know that when they sin, they are wrong. Many do not see worry as a sin, it is seen as just a natural part of a man’s life. God does not see it that way. Worry is to not trust in Him.

Think about your life and how many times you worry or fear something. If you are like most people, myself included, that is a lot. There may even be times where you are worrying and not even realize that you are doing so. There may be times when you are not trusting God and not fully realize it.

Ask God to search your heart and mind. He can spot where there is worry and fear in your heart. He can also give you the peace needed to overcome that worry.  Do not allow an offensive way to be found in your heart. Allow Jesus to remove it today.

I pray today that you will trust God with all of your heart; that you will not worry about anything; that you will allow God to search your heart for any sinful thoughts; and that you will allow Jesus to purify you from all sinful ways.