Word of Grace Devotion for the week of May 20, 2013
What Will You Ask of the Lord?
1 Chronicles 1:11-12, “God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.” ESV
Beloved, imagine the Lord asking you, “Ask what I shall give you?” This actually happened to King Solomon soon after his father King David had passed away. The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked Solomon what he wanted.
Solomon needed wisdom and knowledge to minister to the kingdom; knowledge to know what to do and wisdom to know when to apply that knowledge. Therefore Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge. Wisdom is only valuable if it is applied at the appropriate time. Once the time passes then that wisdom becomes valuable for someone else.
Thankfully for us we have the Word of God to guide us in our decision making process. Beloved, the Lord has given each of us the opportunity for wisdom. James 1:5-7 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” ESV
The question then for us is this: what would we ask for? Would we ask for riches, honor, or security? Or would we like Solomon ask for wisdom and knowledge? My prayer for each of us is that we would ask for that which would only bring glory to God!
Have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In His' Love-
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