Look To God For Your Needs

This is a chapter well worth taking the time to read and meditate on. Solomon tried to pattern his life after his dad, David, so of course he followed many of God’s laws. However he still went to offer sacrifices to the gods of the local temples with his fellow citizens. But God had a plan for Solomon’s life, so He appeared to him in a dream, even while in Gibeon for the purpose of sacrificing to another god. The question asked by God in that dream is one that, I believe, He is still asking us today when we approach the throne in prayer: ‘What do you want me to give you?’ What’s the most pressing thing on your mind that you would give to God?

DATE POSTED Monday, 2021-11-22
WRITTEN AT: Sebring, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Kings 3:3-5
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: Solomon loved the Lord and followed his father David’s instructions, but Solomon also offered sacrifices and burned incense at the shrines. The most important shrine was in Gibeon, and Solomon had offered more than a thousand sacrifices on that altar.
One night while Solomon was in Gibeon, the Lord God appeared to him in a dream and said, “Solomon, ask for anything you want, and I will give it to you.”

APPLICATION: So often we bow the head to pray, and the words are automatic. We’ve heard the pastor, Sunday School teacher and friends pray, and always wished that we could pray that good, so we adopt certain points from their prayers so we might ‘sound legitimate’ in the ears of our peers. But wait a minute, who are we praying to? What are we praying for? Do we have faith in the one to whom we are praying? Do we have a personal relationship with the one to whom we are praying, and have confidence that our deepest thoughts, expressions and requests will be safe in His hands? Do we know that He could accomplish everything that may be bearing on my heart? Friends, I believe that when the God of all creation reaches down in love and shares His interest in us and simply asks us to share openly our needs with the only One who could do anything about them, suddenly our minds will turn away from memorized, written, or repetitious prayers, and the words from our heavy heart, or our joyous heart, or our pleading heart, will bubble forth from a heart longing for someone to understand us, and our needs. Suddenly we realize that we are in the presence of the One who created us, the One who loved us even when we were so unlovable, the One who raised Lazarus from the dead, made the blind man see again and the crippled man walk for the first time – the only One who has the compassion to put up with our worry, heal our loved ones, encourage the broken heart, get the attention of the lost, and fulfill His promise of welcoming us home to glory when that day comes! Praise the Lord, Without the fear of retribution, we could freely, openly, and in all honesty tell our Father exactly what we need and what we want. He is in control, and He knows before we do, what the best course of action is for our lives! Solomon was blessed with much more than he asked for, even though he was in Gibeon to offer sacrifices to a false god. There is no telling what God has in store for us – His precious children! Oh that we will recognize Him the next time that we bow our heads in prayer, and may we always be prepared to answer Him when He asks the same question of us that He did of Solomon.

PRAYER: Lord my prayer today is that others might see Jesus, and that they may hear the whisper of their Creator when He tells them ‘Ask for whatever you want, and I will give it to you’. What we possibly have done to deserve this oh Lord? Oh that Jesus will always be our greatest desire. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

The Lord Still Waits For You

In our Scripture today, Isaiah tells us that in spite of the trouble that Israel found themselves in, and in spite of all directions they were looking to for help, they should be consciously aware that the Lord , who is faithful, still waits to conquer and to bless them. As we meditate on this promise today, I would suggest that we reflect on the things that tend to really stress us out and send us looking for help in many ways and with various professionals. Yet God is still waiting for us!

DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2020-07-03
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 30:18
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 18 Yet the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love; he will conquer you to bless you, just as he said. For the Lord is faithful to his promises. Blessed are all those who wait for him to help them.

OBSERVATION: In our Scripture today, Isaiah tells us that in spite of the trouble that Israel found themselves in, and in spite of all directions they were looking to for help, they should be consciously aware that the Lord , who is faithful, still waits to conquer and to bless them. As we meditate on this promise today, I would suggest that we reflect on the things that tend to really stress us out and send us looking for help in many ways and with various professionals. Yet God is still waiting for us!

APPLICATION: I believe that many doctors help patients deal with the stresses of life, either through medical advice or through medications. Yet the Scripture reminds us that the Lord still waits us! I believe that our pastors are kept very busy counseling with church members who struggle with the stresses of life. Yet the Scripture reminds us that the Lord still waits us! I believe that employees go to work with a lot on their mind, and will often make it almost impossible for others to work alongside them, because of financial, family and other social stresses. Yet the Scripture reminds us that the Lord still waits us! Isaiah saw that the Israelites were ready to return to Egypt for help. He saw that the people wanted horses that were faster, and perhaps that would resolve their dilemma. But God made it clear to Isaiah that He was still waiting for them to call on Him, the only One who could truly help them. Aren’t we the same today, dear friends? We still tend to stress out over a lot of life’s issues. I believe that our loving Father must look down in deep concern for His children, and whisper to us that our ultimate help comes from Him. Don’t leave Him as the last alternative, but trust in the Lord with all thine heart and He will show forth His love, power and concern for us like no other can. Yes, I believe that He is still waiting for us to call on Him. Oh Lord, please help our unbelief. Please help us to keep Christ first in our lives, especially in our times of need, or questioning, or stresses or hurt. You’ve shown us in Your Word that You are very capable of Healing the sick; Restoring sight to the blind; Making the lame to walk again; Feeding the 5,000 with only enough food for one family (in our way of thinking); and raising the dead from the grave. In considering all that You have already done, we feel like our problems are really minuscule, so Lord, please take us as we are and clear our minds of all earthly concerns as You remind us of Your love, Your power, Your healing, Your forgiveness and how You are just waiting for us to draw near.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I am reminded of a man stuck on a roof frightened about rising flood waters. He cried out to You for help, and in spite of Your multiple efforts to save him, he declined it as he waited for Your answer to his prayers. I believe that way too often we too struggle to see how You are sending help our way, as we are so determined in our own mind how You should do it. It’s no different to what the Israelites did. So please help us to always apply Your Word to ourselves first, before we look down our pious noses at what others refuse to see when You show that You are there waiting for us. I’m sure You must repeat a phrase often that is used in the Bible ‘Oh ye of little faith’. Lord, we believe. Please help our unbelief and our doubts. Today belongs to You. Please help us to place our hand in Your outstretched hand as You wait for us, for we are weak and lowly, even though we serve the all-powerful, mighty and awesome God of this universe! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog at https://NuggetsFromGodsWord.org that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading or listening to this devotional, please go to the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and see all of my posts, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!