#slowitdownSunday / is God a vending machine?

Earlier today, our Pastor shared this video to open the sermon:

Wow.

This really hit home.

Especially the part about not getting what we asked for. Yep.

I’ve been guilty of trying to make things happen on my own and getting myself stuck.

Then, our Pastor went into the following scripture in 1 Chronicles, Chapter 1:

6 There in front of the Tabernacle, Solomon went up to the bronze altar in the Lord’s presence and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings on it.

Ok – hold up right here. Can we just think about that for one minute? 1,000 burnt offerings. WHAT?? All I could think was, “Goodness – he must have been SERIOUS to have done that!”
Can you imagine how long that took? How much trouble he went to? Do I ever get that serious with God in my life??

7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” 8 Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. 9 O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! 10 Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly,[e] for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”

So, after Solomon gave 1,000 burnt offerings – it obviously got God’s attention. God is here with him, asking exactly what Solomon wants. Solomon could have asked for ANYTHING. Kind of like us. We have the ability to go before God every single day. We can ask Him for anything our heart desires.

But Solomon – he asked for wisdom and knowledge. He wanted to know how to lead the people. He wanted this more than anything else he could have asked for.

Here’s how God responded.

11 God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— 12 I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”

YES!!! God knew Solomon could have asked for anything – wealth, riches, fame, long life, death of his enemies….the list could go on and on.

Think about that in our times – we could ask for a job, for money, for a new car, for better schools for our kids, for God to move annoying people out of our lives…

What would our lives look like if we asked for wisdom and knowledge?

God decided to grant Solomon his wish. And because of what he asked, God granted him so much more.

Lord, as I #slowitdownSunday please remind me that You’re not a vending machine. Let me think differently than ever before about my needs and wants. Let me seek YOU and wisdom and knowledge. And Lord, I know that if I can get this one thing right, You’ll handle the rest.

Thanks for the sermon today, Dad.

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6 comments

  1. Another thing I think about with this story is the fact that when I think about Solomon I think about his riches. So when hearing that he gave 1,000 burnt offerings it must not have been a big deal to him since he was so rich. But then you have to remember that Solomon became rich after this sacrifice and after asking for wisdom. God blessed Solomon because of his sacrifice. Solomon didn’t sacrifice because God blessed him first.

    We sometimes think that we will give more to God if God blesses us first. But that isn’t how it works. God wants to see our sacrificial giving and then the blessings will come.

    Just my thought for tonight!

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    • That’s soooo good babe!! Yes. I have never thought about that aspect before. The 1,000 sacrifices stood out to me clearly in the scripture. I can’t get that off my mind. Do we have the dedication to give that kind of sacrifice to God????

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