What do you want from God?

Scripture Reading for April 3: 1st Kings1-4

I often ask people who come to me for advice on direction for their lives a simple question.  If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do with your life?  This question opens us up to many possibilities and helps us discern the true desires of our heart.  If we have truly committed our way to the Lord and delight ourselves in Him, He tells us that He will give us the desires of our heart!  (Psalm 37:4)  We will want what He wants!

Newly crowned King Solomon had an encounter with the Lord.  He had gone to Gibeon to sacrifice to the Lord and that day offered a thousand burnt offerings!  Extravagant worship marked the life of this newly anointed king!  That night as Solomon lay asleep, the Lord appeared to him  in a dream and said: “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (1st Kings 3:4-5)  Solomon first thanked the Lord for his kindness to his father David in placing him on the throne.  Then he confessed his need for God’s help in ruling His people.  He asked for a discerning heart and wisdom to rule wisely.  (1st Kings 3:7-9)

This pleased the Lord!  Solomon was granted what he asked for and also given by grace what he did not ask for!  God gave him riches and honor so that there would be no equal among kings of that time. (1st Kings 3:10-14)  God’s Word has proved true in history in the life of this son of David!

As we think about the question God asked Solomon, what would you ask the Lord for today?   First, are you passionately worshiping the Lord each day–offering Him extravagant worship and thanksgiving for who He is and His great faithfulness?   If you are not in love with the Lord, your heart will not be focused on doing His will.  Would you ask for riches and honor or something physical?  These things are fleeting and of no eternal value if you are not delighting yourself in the Lord and willing to offer Him what you currently have!

Jesus Christ has been made to us wisdom from God! (1st Corinthians 1:30)  We are told that if we lack wisdom, we can ask God for it and He will give us liberally! (James 1:5-7)  God is no respecter of persons!  He offers us the same choice given to King Solomon of old.  Ask today for what you want God to give you!  Wisdom is found in Jesus Christ and a true walk with the wisest King of Kings who has ever been or ever will be!

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2 thoughts on “What do you want from God?”

  1. Pastor John:
    The question of “If I could do anything that I wanted to with my life, what would it be?” is a great one. I AM DOING what I would choose with my life. I love to teach, I love to promote the work of the jail ministry. Isn’t that great? It is such a blessing to be able to be gainfully employed at the very thing I desire to do with my life. A good reminder to me today, to be thankful for employment (in lean times for many individuals) and to be employed in what I enjoy doing. You can’t beat that!

    Joy

  2. Dear Joy, I can say “Amen” to that too! I am doing what I feel is my calling and highest purpose! Thank the Lord for His Grace! May each person find that special place of serving with joy and blessing in an area of giftedness!

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