2 Chronicles 1:10 What Would You Ask For?

“Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Chronicles 1:10

Solomon had been made king of Israel. One night God came to him and asked Solomon to make a request for whatever he wanted. Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead the people correctly. God loved his request so much that He gave him more wisdom, wealth, and honor than any other person has had before or since.

The ability to ask for whatever a person wants and get it has been a dream for most people throughout all of history. People dream of finding the magic lamp with a genie in it that will grant them three wishes.

The desires of each person’s heart is most likely a little different, but most will also have one thing in common.

What do people desire? Wealth, health, fame, power, possessions, and position.

What do all these things have in common? They are all about self, pleasing and taking care of old number one–self.

There is nothing wrong with any of these things, but when asked for with the wrong reason, they become a bad item. When these things are asked for to make oneself look good or to put oneself above others, they become bad. It is the wrong motive for desiring these things.

As Solomon asked for wisdom, he was not asking for it just to look good or to be better than the other people. He asked for wisdom so that he could do God’s will–leading God’s people who God had put him in charge of.

As a believer, you are to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. This means that you are putting God and all of His desires first in your life.

Jesus said you could ask for whatever you want and you would get it, if you remain in Him, doing what He wants you to do.

What are you asking God for today?

Why are you asking God for it?

If God answers that prayer, will it bring Him glory, or will it bring you glory?

I pray today that you will know God’s desire for you life; that you will love God with all that is in you; that you will ask for the things God wants you to have; and that you will never be selfish to God or to others.

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Luke 19:8 Signs of a Change

“But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, Look, Lord! Here and now I give half my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Luke 19:8

Zacchaeus, a tax collector, was a man who had heard about Jesus and wanted to see Him. In fact, he wanted to see Him so badly that he did something unusual. He climbed up a tree in order to see Jesus as He passed by.

Jesus, then, also did something unusual, for people of that time, He called out to Zacchaeus and told him He would go to his house that day. As Jesus said this many people in the crowd around Him gasped for air. Zacchaeus was a very much hated tax collector. Jesus, the great “man of God” was going to be with a bad sinner.

Immediately there was a change in Zacchaeus. He offers to pay back anyone he had ever cheated four times what was cheated. He also gives his money to the poor.

When a person comes in contact with Jesus there will be a change. For some there is a digging in of the heals to remain in the world. They do not want anything to do with Jesus. For others they realize who He really is and dedicate their hearts and lives to Him.

As a person dedicates his life to Jesus, there must be a change. Sinful habits must be done away with, apologies must be made, and wrongs corrected.

All too often, people have come to Jesus in a service or with someone witnessing to them, and there is no real change. They continue to live the same lifestyle they have always lived. Many in the church have not changed in many years. This should not be.

Each day, seek God to show you how to live more like Jesus. See what areas of your life need to improve and what sins you must toss out. There should be outward signs of the change God is making inside you. Can you or anyone else see those changes?

I pray today that God will help you to change; that you will live more for Jesus each day; that your outward lifestyle will reflect Jesus; that you will not live for Jesus just on Sundays; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.

Luke 12:19 Taking Life Easy

“And I’ll say to myself, You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” Luke 12:19

Jesus told a parable about a rich man who had everything going for him. He had grain in excess. His “bank” account was very large and growing. Then he made the statement that he could now take it easy and have a good time in life. The next verse shows how God took his life because he was not doing things for God.

Everywhere you look you will see the desire and push for more wealth. Everyday you are bombarded with statements that you need the newest and best of everything.

If your bank account is not big enough, you will not be happy. If you are not driving the newest car, you will not be happy. If you cannot sit back and just drink, you will not be happy. The list goes on forever.

Yet, despite all the wealth and great things a person has, it will not mean a thing when death comes. Look at every funeral procession, what goes to the grave site: just the dead person, nothing more. You cannot take your possessions with you to the grave. Once you are dead, someone else gets all your stuff.

God stated it in the Old Testament, and Jesus repeated in the New Testament that the only two things that man is supposed to strive for are: 1) loving God with all the heart, mind, soul, and strength, and 2) loving other people.

This takes work to do. You cannot sit back and take it easy as you love God and others with everything in you. There is always someone who needs to hear about Jesus. There is always someone who is in need of something, if nothing else…prayer.

Seek God in what you are to be doing for Him. What are you to do with what He has blessed you with? Do not hoard it to yourself, be generous and loving. Work at building His kingdom, not yours.

I pray today that God will show you the work He has for you to do; that you will seek to do His will in everything; that you will put God and His kingdom first in your life; that you will not fill your life with meaningless things; and that God will build His kingdom through you.