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That request to ask for anything has never been changed or rescinded.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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Ecclesiastes 7:10 A Bad Question To Ask

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. Ecclesiastes 7:10

It is very common for people to look back on history and make the statement that those were the ‘good old days’. This usually occurs as someone watches a movie or tv show that depicts life years ago. Looking at what is being shown appears to be a great life, that is slow and full of meaning and purpose. Everything looks great.

Another time people think of the ‘good old days’ is when they are going through a very tough situation in life. Married couples begin to look back on their earlier years of marriage and think it was so much better. Or parents look at when their children were younger and think it was better.

Over and over in this nation people are looking back on years ago. Christians do it often when the government makes a bad ruling, or when someone does an extreme case of killing.

Solomon says that it is not wise to look back like that and ask the question why it was so much better.

Throughout a person’s life there are many ups and downs. Every period of life has its own unique challenges. At the time it appears as though it is the worst of times. Then later, after surviving the situation, another situation arises that appears to be even worse.

As a human being, you can only live in the present. You cannot live in the past or the future. Today is the day for salvation and you must live in it.

Do not forget what has occurred in the past, but do not dwell in the past. Learn from it and move forward. Accept what God has for you today and look forward to what He will have for you tomorrow.

It may appear that the past was good, but try to remember how hard some of the situations were at the time you were going through them. Today is no different. People are no better or worse than they were before. Situations are no better or worse, it is nothing new.

God has you on a journey in this life. Accept what He has given you and live your life to the fullest for Him. Don’t ask bad questions that are worthless.

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will live your life for God; that you will be content with what God is giving you; and that you will know the abundant life God has for you today.

Psalm 140:6 A Humble Cry For Mercy

I say to the LORD, “You are my God.” Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy. Psalm 140:6

It is common for people to cry out to God when in need. When a person is going through a very difficult time, he will call out to God for help and mercy in the situation. Others will intercede for him also, asking God to help meet that need.

In the process of praying for assistance from God, many will begin to list the reasons why God should help. In this list, many will bring up all the good deeds that has been done. They are listed as though God should help a person because of what he has done in the past.

When a person is praying like this, either for himself or for someone else, the prayer becomes about self and not about God and what He wants. No person actually deserves God’s help in any situation. In fact, every person deserves the worst possible punishment for all eternity.

Only because Jesus died and paid for the price for all sin, does any person have any right to ask God for anything. It is because God is God that a person has a right to cry out for mercy.

When David was crying out for mercy to God, he did not list anything that he had done. All he did was ask for God’s mercy in dealing with his enemies. He knew God as His God and that God was the one in control and could deliver him. No one else could help him, and he did not deserve the help. Any mercy given by God was a blessing, not an earned right.

As you go to God in prayer for your own personal needs, or the needs of others, allow God to be the one in control. Seek His mercy to meet that need. Do not try to earn the right for Him to help you.

God loves you and had Jesus pay the price for you sins. In paying that price, you are also given the right to have His mercy given to you. It is only because of Jesus, that you can have God’s mercy. Jesus provided abundant mercy in just forgiving your sins, He will continue to pour out that mercy in your life.

I pray today that you will know the mercy God has for you; that you will not try to earn rights with God; that God will be your God; and that you will see God meeting all of your needs in His way and time.

Deuteronomy 4:32 Has This Ever Happened?

Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? Deuteronomy 4:32

As Moses was leading the Israelites through the desert, humanity had not been on the earth that long, only a few thousand years. The experience of mankind was still limited. The one thing he points out was to look at how God spoke to the Israelites and brought them out of Egypt. This had never been done before in history. He tells them to think about this and notice how great it is, so that they will know the LORD is God.

Now that it is several thousand years later, mankind has had many different experiences to look back upon and review. Yet, there are some things that happen in an individual’s life that can be seen.

Even though God has been doing some things over and over for thousands of years, does not take away the wonder and miracle of the events. Look at the beauty of the sunrises and sunsets each day; look at the beauty of the mountains, forests, lakes and rivers; and look at the wonder of life and the body. It is amazing how God does all these things.

Now take a look at your own life. In the scheme of just this little planet earth, who are you really? If you are like me, and most people are, you are really nobody important. You might be important to a few hundred people, but what is a few hundred to the seven billion on the earth?

Yet, the God of the universe, the One who created everything, has died on a cross for you and wants a relationship with you for all eternity. Ask yourself has this ever been done in another religion before?

Ask yourself, prior to Jesus, has this ever happened before?

The answer is no.

Take notice what God has done in your life and realize that He is GOD and that there is no other. Give God the praise that is due Him today. Honor Him with your whole life.

I pray today that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will see the wonder in all of God’s actions; that you will hear God’s voice each day; and that you will know the Lord is GOD.