Most people accept that Christmas this year will differ from those of the past; nevertheless, a familiar question will be asked in many households over the coming weeks: ‘What do you want for Christmas?’
We discover in the Old Testament that God asked King Solomon a similar question: ‘Ask! What shall I give you?’, 1 Kings chapter 3 verse 5 – an unbelievable offer! Solomon was about to embark on the demanding task of ruling over the nation of Israel for forty years. He was already noted for his wisdom and he displayed this in his response to God’s offer: ‘Your servant is in the midst of Your people . . . therefore, GIVE TO YOUR SERVANT AN UNDERSTANDING HEART TO JUDGE YOUR PEOPLE, THAT I MIGHT BE ABLE TO DISCERN BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL’, 1 Kings chapter 3 verses 8-9. Solomon’s request could have been totally self-centred; however, God’s interests and the welfare of the people were paramount. God, therefore, gave him what he asked for, but also many other things besides, e.g. riches, honour.
When Solomon relied on the wisdom that God gave him, there was much blessing for himself and his subjects; sadly, when he turned to his own wisdom, the opposite was true.
God has not changed and He still loves to give to those who ask. Long after the days of Solomon, John wrote: ‘Now this is the confidence that we have in Him (God), that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him’, 1 John chapter 5 verses 14 & 15. So, if God says to you, as He said to Solomon, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?’, what would be your response? Spiritual or physical welfare?
Have you asked anything of God yet? More can be found in God’s Word, the Bible, and we can send you one if you wish. We will pray for you. Come back again for another Message of Hope.