1 Kings 3:5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon’s answer pleased the Lord. God said He would give him a wise and discerning heart. He also would give Solomon that which he didn’t ask for – both riches and honor. In this dream God closes with this admonition for Solomon, “And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” (1 Kings 3:14) God was saying I will bless you with long life if you love me.
Yesterday’s devotional focused on earnestly seeking God – and the fact that He will reward those that do. The same question (as in today’s scripture) was raised in terms of identifying what we would like the Lord to give us as a reward for earnestly seeking Him – if He asked.
We would probably ask for what is most on our hearts – and that could cover many things: The salvation of parents or children or friends; a better job; money to pay bills; ability to be a better husband, wife, parent or child; to love better; to be better at what we do; to love the Lord more; to be used by Him; for an opportunity of ministry; for support for our ministry; to have good devotional times with the Lord; to have a desire to read and learn scripture; – the list just goes on. And none of these answers are wrong.
But at the end of the day, what does God really want and what is He offering? I think of John 14:21, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” The Amplified Bible makes this verse jump off the page:
“The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]”
God wants to meet our needs and He instructs us to make them known to Him. But He wants our relationship to grow beyond seeing Him as our source and provider. He wants to be the love of our life. He wants us to want Him so much that we receive the incredible blessing of His presence which He reserves for those who love Him this way.
I am reminded of the final scene in Anne of Green Gables. Anne was an orphan and the story describes her adventures growing up and particularly, her relationship with a boy named Gilbert. At the end of the 4th film there is a scene of the two of them on a little bridge over a pond. He starts to tell her that he cannot give her wealth or diamonds… but she interrupts to tell him that she doesn’t care. She looks up at him and says, “All I want is you.” May our lives lovingly declare the same message to our Lord Jesus as we celebrate His birth.