October 31,2011

2 Chronicles 1:7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

This is a very famous story, of how God allowed Solomon to ask for anything, and since he asked for wisdom and knowledge to govern, God gave him that and wealth and riches and honor as well. However, sometimes we miss the simple, basic fact that God can give us anything at all. We generally give assent to the statement that God can do anything, but in practical terms we rarely act like we believe it. Songs about “My God can do Anything,” or “There’s Nothing that God Cannot Do” are generally considered children’s songs, because adults think they know better. That’s why Jesus said we must become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3) Children don’t know any better than to trust God! Adults have experienced countless disappointments, large and small, and in the process have learned to shrink their expectations. The problem is, they wind up shrinking God, or at least their perception of God. Children have no real grasp of the infinite, but then neither do adults. Solomon made a good request, but an even better one would have been the one his father made: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) David had to go through a hell of his own making to get to the point of that request, but God answered it, and it was worth more than all the intellect and wealth that Solomon received.

My faith, too, has been shrunk by experience, but God in His grace has countered that from time to time, lifting my eyes to really see Him. Real faith will always result in obedience, rather than in self-seeking. Like Solomon, I need to seek God for the sake of the people under my care, but even more, I must seek Him for who He is, because He is more than worthy of my total devotion. I must never think that He is unable to meet any need, or even that He is unwilling to do so, but at the same time I must trust that His plan is perfect, and He knows infinitely better than I do. Times of limited visible resources are good training in faith, because as George Muller and countless others have discovered, God is never limited to the visible!

Father, thank You for all that You are doing. Thank You for the testimony in the service yesterday that referenced Muller, Hudson Taylor, and another giant of faith. Help me lift my eyes to You to see not only what You want to do here but also the part You want me to play. Help me believe and trust You, not simply on a theoretical level but in moment-by-moment, practical reality. Help me rest, relax, and rejoice in You whatever is going on around me and however busy my body might be in the process. Teach me to desire and receive Your very best for me, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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