terça-feira, 14 de maio de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 113
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
Asking For Wisdom
1 Kings 3:5 (AMP) In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night. And God said, Ask, what I shall give you.
If the Lord appeared to you and said, “Ask, what I shall give you”, what would be your answer? Would you ask for riches, long wealth, or maybe power?
1 Kings 3:8-12 Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people who cannot be counted for multitude. So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge and rule this Your great people? It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, Because, you have asked this and have not asked for long life or for riches, nor for the lives of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to recognize what is just and right, Behold, I have done as you asked. I have given you a wise, discerning mind, so that no one before you was your equal, nor shall any arise after you equal to you. I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings, equal to you all your days.
Solomon asked for an understanding mind (wisdom) and a hearing heart to judge so that he could discern between good and evil which were essential tools to carry out his assignment. We too can ask for wisdom.
James 1:5 (NKJV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
The wisdom that we need is not only knowledge but also the ability to make wise decisions especially in difficult circumstances. As Christians, we can pray for wisdom and God will liberally give us what we need. However, there is a condition to our receiving the answer to our prayer.
James 1:6 (NKJV) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Faith is essentially trust and trust in God comes as you devote time to build your relationship with Him.
When you take up your cross to obey the commandment to love you, have taken the first step to building a relationship with Jesus Christ and Father. As time passes, your worldly desires will fade, and your desire to know God and your trust in Him will increase. And when you ask you will receive. Therefore, at all costs, stay on the Narrow Path.