DEVOTION:What Would You Ask Him?‏

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When God was impressed with Solomon, He came down and appeared to him. And he told him to ask whatever he needed from God.

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5

Imagine God telling you to ask anything you want him to do or to give you.  What would you be asking God if you were in Solomon’s position? Here is Solomon’s answer:

“Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:7-9

Solomon’s answer impressed God even more because his answer did not reflect what most people would have asked. Or from God’s perspective, He had never seen such unselfish request from Mankind. Now this is only my own imagination based on God’s response. Read God’s response:

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both riches and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 1 Kings 3:10-13

Because his answer impressed God, Solomon got more than he had asked God. Wow! This is truly impressive!

APPLICATION;

  1. Just imagine for a moment that God has appeared to you. And said, “Do not fear for you are highly favored in Heaven!” Then comes this question; now ask whatever you want me to give you.”  What will be your answer? Here are a few choices for you, ten to be exact. But you can come up with a different one from these. These are meant to help you expand your thinking.
    1. Take me home I am ready to spend eternity with you.
    2. I want to live until I see your Son Jesus Christ coming back again.
    3. Give me riches to be the richest man in the world.
    4. Lord grant me a strong faith in you that surpasses any that man has ever had.
    5. Give me the ability to live a holy and blameless life like your Son lived here on earth.
    6. I want to be a super Mother or Father
    7. Give me a good health.
    8. Give me the strength to live I50 years here on earth.
    9. Give me the power to perform miracles all over the world.
    10. Give me the power to be invisible before men.
  1. How would your request be ranked in heaven in light of other peoples request?
  1. What would be the criteria for choosing any of the above or any of the answer you came up with?
  1. Solomon understood the assignment God had given him: To lead the nation of Israel. His answer reflects this understanding and his commitment to this assignment. For us believers, we need to consider the following:
    1. Our rewards in heaven are based on our faithfulness in fulfilling our God given assignment.
    2. Our time on earth will come to an end once we finish this assignment.
    3. God does not need us to accomplish his purposes, but He has chosen this as a way of blessing us.
  1. How does the following verses inform or guide your decision in choosing your request?
    1.  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
    1. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
    1. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
    1. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his deathPhilippians 3:10

 Keep this in Mind!

If God were to appear to you and tells you to ask whatever you want Him to do for you

WHAT WOULD YOU ASK HIM?

 

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”  Philippians 2:1-2
By Pastor Shadrack Ruto
UBC

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