Will You Get What You Need?

“Ask! What shall I give you?” —1 Kings 3:5 At this time of the year I ask my kids and wife and others that question a lot, trying to find the right Christmas gifts.

But what if it is God asking you that question?

What do you need from God? Do you believe He can provide it?

When King David died, his son, Solomon, the appointed king, felt overwhelmed.

The Lord startled Solomon one night by coming to him in a dream: “Ask! What shall I give you?” 

A day earlier, Solomon might have answered differently. But now, drowning in responsibilities, he was too weary to ask for anything but help. God anticipated Solomon’s humble state and made Himself available.

The Lord revealed Himself to Solomon as Jehovah Jireh, the LORD-Will-Provide (Genesis 22:14).

Solomon’s life as a beloved son and a prince was easy, until David died.

Now the well-being of God’s people depended on him. He was scared, unsure of himself, and wasn’t ready for the task.

A greedier man would’ve asked for power and wealth. A prouder man would have presumed he could handle it. A less intelligent man would have believed he was smart enough to succeed on his own.

Broken, Solomon responded, “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. 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, NIV)

Rather than a God who demanded a performance and held him to overwhelming expectations, God offered Himself. He reached out to meet the needs of His child.

Solomon has been applauded for asking for wisdom. But in reality, he was responding to God’s offer.

Solomon reached out and received what the Lord wanted to give him.

God gave him a wise and understanding heart—”so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you” (1 Kings 3:10)—and He blessed him with everything else as well: prosperity, success—and a passion for knowing Him.

That’s the key.

“Walk before Me in truth” with all our hearts and souls (1 Kings 2:4) is what God asked of him.

And He will provide all that we need.

 

DEVOTIONALSRay Bentley