“And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.” – 1 Kings 4:29
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Christmas is upon us, and many little children have made their Christmas lists asking for what they want to receive. It makes me think about how sometimes we are like those little children with God – making lists to Him for what we want to receive. When we go to God in prayer, oftentimes we ask a for a lot. And there’s nothing wrong with taking our hearts’ desires to the Lord. I’ve heard it said that God answers prayers with, “Yes,” “No,” or “Maybe.” Perhaps you’ve been asking God for something and you haven’t received it. The real question is, what have you ben asking for?
Sometimes we ask for the wrong things or appropriate things for the wrong reasons. Have you been asking God for a new job? A new house? A spouse? If you haven’t received what you have been asking for, consider what you’ve asked God to give you and why. Do you want that new job because you just want more money, or do you want it to have better finances so that you can give back to God and help spread His kingdom message more? Are you asking for a new house to invite more people into your home to teach them the gospel? And are you asking for a spouse to have someone help you get to heaven, or you just don’t want to be alone?
We have a great example of what to ask God for for our lives in Solomon. The Lord came to Solomon in a dream at night and told him to ask of Him whatever he wanted God to give him (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon replied, “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9). “And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore” (1 Kings 4:29).
Solomon asked God for wisdom and God was pleased that he didn’t ask for anything selfishly, like riches and long life (1 Kings 3:10-11). So God granted him wisdom, and exclaimed to Solomon, “And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days” (1 Kings 3:13). Solomon selflessly asked for wisdom to help him govern and judge the people of Israel, and God gave him that and then some.
What we can glean from this is that when we ask God for anything, we ought to ask with others and His kingdom in mind. Then God will bless us with that for which we ask, and then some.
What are you asking God for this holiday season? May we always put the Lord and others before ourselves and ask Him what we need and want for the right reasons.
My prayer is that God will bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine down upon you. Go with God, my friends.