“Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Just imagine for a moment if God asked you that. I am sure we have all had practice dreaming about what we would do if we won the lottery or if we somehow found a genie in a bottle. Our answer would reveal a lot about us.
God asked Solomon this very question. He could have asked for wealth or power or at least for peace during his reign. He could have asked for long life. He did not ask for anything for himself. Or for his family. Solomon asked God for a discerning heart to govern justly and to be able to distinguish right from wrong. God was very pleased with Solomon’s request so He granted it and gave him more.
You and I may never be asked this question. But we do answer it each day with how we live. We reveal what we desire and what we value by the way we live. Every word we speak, every choice we make, every action we undertake, every goal we set – all answers the same question: “What do you want?”
If we desire a deep faith, do we invest daily in the development of this faith? If we long for contentment, do we choose to live simply and not choose to chase after the next, newest, best thing? If we want quality relationships, do we give of ourselves honestly and sincerely all the time? If we feel led to help the lost and the least, do we spend time with alongside them ministering to their needs?
So.. what do you want? What has your answer been and how does it need to change?
Scripture reference: 1 Kings 3: 5-9