Tuesday, July 14, 2009

One Request

If you could ask God for one thing, what would it be? More money? A job? Better health? To fall in love? Those are all things I've prayed for. But reading about Solomon reminds me that there is one request God longs for us to make...a request that can involve every aspect of our lives...the request for wisdom.

Listen to God's response to Solomon's request: "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 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 will 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. And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life" 1 Kings 3:10-14

Lately God has been opening my eyes to how much greater His wisdom is than my own. I think back to situations in which I felt disappointment and wondered why God wasn't coming through. But now that time has passed I can look back on those situations and understand that God knew what was best for me. He knows that what I WANT is not always what is best. When God imparts His wisdom I begin to take the focus off of me and instead see the big picture. Satan wants my life to be about me. When I think about my unmet needs (which are really wants) I begin to feel depressed and withdraw. But when I seek God's wisdom and perspective all of a sudden life becomes not about me, but about Him! I begin to pray for and serve others and my joy returns. It's something I need to ask for and seek daily. I want to be like Solomon and please my Father by asking for a wise and discerning heart, for I know that He already has my needs taken care of.

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