|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
Our Bible verse for today: “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask. What should I give you?”” 1 Kings 3:5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “What do you want God to do for you?
In 1 King 3:5 King David had recently died and his son Solomon had ascended to the throne. Solomon was a young man and at this point, like his father David, Solomon’s heart was still after God. Solomon had a strong desire to be a good and wise king and he wanted to honor the Lord with his life.
So, God appeared to Solomon in a dream and offered him a blank check, “What do you want me to give you, what do you want me to do for you, Solomon? Go ahead and ask.” Many people would have been tempted to ask for selfish things like riches or health or victory over their enemies. Instead, in verses 7-9 we read Solomon replying to God with this, “Lord my God, you have now made your servant king in my father David’s place. Yet I am just a youth with no experience in leadership. Your servant is among your people you have chosen, a people too many to be numbered or counted. So give your servant a receptive heart to judge your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?”
Of all the things Solomon could have asked God for, what he wanted most was good character. He wanted to grow into a wise man of God and he wanted to be able to be a blessing to God’s people. As we read in later verses, Solomon’s response pleased God and so He granted his request.
Now take a moment to consider the desires of your own heart. What is it that you most want God to give you or do for you? Do your deepest most passionate desires revolve around possessions, achievements, or character? As you consider that question, think back to yesterday’s devotional about the importance of habits and how it is that at first we form our habits, then our habits form us. What do your habits reveal about what is truly most important to you?
How we inhabit time – how we live – will depend to a large extent on what it is we want the most. I believe God is waiting for us to ask Him for the right things, something that He can and will eagerly grant.
Here’s one possible prayer: “What I want you to do for me, Lord, is to make me into a wise, just, disciplined, patient, joyful, kind, and compassionate man or woman of God.” Then develop the daily habits of prayer, Bible study, fellowship, and service that will place you in a position before God each day whereby the Holy Spirit can do that transforming work in you.
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