Day 24 Devotion - Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 24 – 2nd Samuel 22:19 – 1st Kings 7:37 – Now we get to Solomon, and one of the things we hear is God saying to Solomon; “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” (1 Kings 3:5c) This reminds me of the Genie in the lamp jokes. Here is a favorite of mine. Ladies and guys feel free to send me one of your favorite ones.

A guy finds a lamp on the beach and so he rubbed it. A genie came out and told the guy that he will grant him one wish. Well the guy was caught off guard and said, “I have always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I am afraid to fly. Can you build me a bridge to Hawaii?”

Well the genie thought about it and said, “Do you know how much is involved in building such a bridge? I would have to sink pilings down miles into the ocean. It would take millions of yards of concrete. The labor would be incredible. Can you think of something else?”

By this time the guy has had time to think, and says, “Okay, I have had a question all my life, and I wonder if you could explain something to me. Would you please explain to me how the mind of a woman works?”

The genie looked at him and said, “Do you want that bridge two lanes or four?”

And what does Solomon ask for? Riches? – no. Fame? – no. Death of all his enemies? – no. Here is what Solomon asks for;

Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

“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. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 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?” (1st Kings 3:6-9)

Now that’s something all of our political leaders could benefit from and need to ask for.

If God said unto you; “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” What would you ask for? (you might want to pause at this point and think about what you’d ask for.)

In the New Testament we will hear our Lord say unto his disciples and unto us; 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:12-14)

So we are told that we can ask anything in the name of our Lord Jesus and he will do it. So, today what do you ask for? What’s the deepest desire of your heart, mind and soul.

The gift of discernment wouldn’t be a bad one for any of us to ask for.

Later in 1st Kings 3:16-27 we hear of Solomon using his wisdom to figure out whose child it was. Wisdom was a real gift for the king and can be for us as well.

O Lord, today I do ask for a discerning heart. It’s so easy to do the things I want to do, instead of the things I need to do. May you help guide me in the use of the time you give me. May you guide me through this day, a day you didn’t promise me but yet are giving to me. Amen.

Reading Day 25 – 1st Kings 7:38 – 16:20

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