What Are You Asking God For? by Renee Peebles

What Are You Asking God For?

I Kings 3:4-4:34

Solomon now the annointed King over Israel goes to Gibeon to offer sacrifices at the altar of the Lord. That night the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." Solomon not knowing how to carry out his duties as king asks God for a heart of wisdom so he can govern the people of God and distinguish between right and wrong. The Lord was pleased with Solomon's request and promised to give him what he had asked for and some things he didn't ask for...wealth and honor. Wow! Solomon could have asked God for anything, but he asked for wisdom.

As I read further on in chapter 4, I see that God gave Solomon wisdom and great insight, understanding as measureless as the sand on the shore. He was wiser than an other man in the east and in Egypt. He spoke 3,000 proverbs and his songs numbered at 1,005. He described plant life, birds, reptiles and fish.

Those last few verses are for us homeschooling moms. As we end one year and begin planning for the next what are we asking God for? More Time? I certainly could use some uninterrupted time to plan and prepare. Is it more money to purchase more books? Is it a bigger house or more room so we can have that fully stocked schoolroom? Is it more bookshelves? New friendships? Classes for next year? Joining a support group, or co-op? What are we asking God for? Are our requests pleasing to him, so much that He will not only give us our requests but also some things we didn't even ask for?

These verses have really challenged me to stop and take a deep breath before looking at curriculum, committing to a co-op, support group or signing up for classes. We must ask God for a heart of discernment (wisdom). I like Solomon need the wisdom from above to carry out my duties to these people. To know how to settle arguments and get to the heart of the problems in my home. To know how to "rule" over my home in a way that brings honor to God. To speak words of wisdom into the lives of my children. To describe and teach them about God's creation. Oh how I need to seek God first, not a speaker, conference, book, friend or group; while these are all good resources, I must ask God for His wisdom.

So, what are you asking God for? Proverbs 2:6 - For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.

About Renee Peebles:

Renee is passionate about her relationship with Christ, her family and homeschooling. She enjoys writing devotions and articles on homeschooling, family and God's Word.  Her desire is for every woman to know her value and worth in Christ Jesus and begin to walk in His truth.

 

Visit Renee at wherethegrassisgreener-renee.blogspot.com.

 

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