“On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?” Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.””
II Chronicles 1:7-12 NKJV
There seems to be a tendency these days to desire only tangible things from God, to have health, wealth and prosperity. The values of many followers of Jesus have been set on lower levels, reaching down for the entropic things of this world, and not the eternal, divinely ordered things of God. We have laid aside the Bible depicting a just and holy God, for our own self inspired, fuzzy Jesus, who grants all of our hearts desires and winks at our most gross sin.
Reading into II Chronicles this morning, I was once again reminded of what should be the true mind of the follower of Jesus. As one of our spiritual forerunners, Solomon asked for wisdom, that he be able to lead God’s people. Because he did not ask for riches, wealth or honor, God, bestowed those things upon him. Solomon received a blessing in abundance.
Having suffered the loss of many things, I have found myself enjoying the better things of God. The loss of health, wealth, and honor in the sight of the world, has been replaced by the fullness of Lord’s presence. I rejoice in my losses, and desire even more, if it means having more of Jesus.
I have found time and time again that only Jesus satisfies, for all other pursuits do not deliver. The Lord has taken good care of me, for I have never known hunger, cold, homelessness, and abandonment. I have not seen wealth, but I have always gotten what I needed.
“Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die): Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches— Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.”
Proverbs 30:7-9 NKJV
Life in the latter days of the Christian should be filled with anticipation of the glory to come. What will be is far more than anything we can even imagine. It can be hard to remain fixed on on the “to be” when the “here and now” is difficult, but God has given us a slice of heaven in His word, and the presence of His Holy Spirit. When I came to Christ, I got a glimpse of what would be, as He saved me from my sins and I could, even on that first day of salvation, sense the new birth within me.
Brothers and sisters, let us rejoice in that we are joint heir with Jesus, that all of God’s riches and glory await us. Those who have been faithful will rule and reign with Jesus.
Let us not be overwhelmed by the times and the troubles, but constantly mindful of what is to come. The trouble of these times will fade in the light of what will be.
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Romans 8:16-18 NKJV
Rejoice my people, for we have the Holy Spirit, reminding us that we are His and that we will be with Jesus. Because of that we can endure the suffering and the uncertainty, for we know that there is certainty to come.
Do not worry about your provision, for the Lord knows what you need. I can say that I have lived on the edge of sufficiency these last few years, but the Lord has always been just in time, with just enough. Let us be about the seeking the things of God.
““Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV
Do not worry about tomorrow, but focus on tomorrow’s tomorrow, for it brings the promise of God’s glory to come. Let us elevate the value of the things of God, and devaluate the riches of this earth, that we have the mind of God in these perilous times.
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:14-21 NKJV
Have a fabulous Friday!