What Do You Want?

Yesterday, I had a few hours to spend with my youngest son before traveling to speak at revival services.  As we sat talking John came up with a wonderful (In his mind) ideal.  He said, “Daddy, would you please take up a love offering for your son tonight?”  I asked, “Why?”  John responded, “Tell the people, your son has no way of transportation, and he needs a bike to be able to get around.”  Oh the wit and wisdom of a little boy.

This morning, I found myself focusing on the subject of wisdom as I read the first five chapters of I Kings and the first chapter of Ecclesiastes.  In I Kings 3 Solomon has a dream and in the dream the Lord says: “Ask what I shall give you,” Vs:6.  God was asking Solomon, “What do you want?”  Amazingly Solomon does not ask for what most kings ask for, such as long life, wealth, or victory over his enemies.  Solomon truly ask’s for what is truly valuable in a believer’s life.  The wisdom of God is better than the riches of men.

Question, “What do you want?”  Truly, what do you find yourself asking God for on a daily basis?  Solomon wrote the following, “All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing,” Ecclesiastes 1:8. I am convinced that most of us ask God for things as well as for deliverance from trials.

I am also convinced that the better things to ask God for are such things as wisdom to trust in His provision as well as wisdom to know what He is teaching us in our trials.  Maybe this very day you are crying out to God and He is asking in response, “What do you want?”  Our reply should be the same as Solomon’s: “Give your servant and understanding mind.”

Solomon was only around twenty years old at this time.  He was inexperienced and He was overwhelmed with the task before him.  But one thing was certain, he knew what to ask for.  God was pleased with his request and in giving him wisdom, God blessed Solomon to be able to gain wealth, victory over his enemies, and long life if he would remain faithful to God.

All of this reminds me of the words of our Lord and Savior, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33.  May the truth of what we have read today, become such conviction in your life that daily you pray, “Father, grant you servant understanding in all things.”

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