2 CHRONICLESWhat Do You Want God to Give You?That night God appeared to Solomon and said to Him, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." (2 Chronicles 1:7)
If God appeared to you right now and say to you, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you" would you be able to articulate exactly what you want?
One of our greatest problems when it comes to talking to God is that we are afraid to speak what is on our hearts and minds. We beat around the bush. Solomon did it right. He asked for what he wanted and needed at the time of the request. He said, "Give me wisdom and knowledge." God gave Solomon exactly what he said he wanted. Not only did God give Solomon wisdom and knowledge, but he also gave him wealth, riches, and honor (2 Chronicles 1:10-12).
It must also be pointed out that God gave Solomon more than what he asked for because Solomon knew the purpose of his desire. He wanted wisdom to govern God's people over whom God had made him king.
What's In It For Me?
IF my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, THEN will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Advertisers know exactly how to get people to buy their products or use their services. They directly or indirectly answer the question every consumer asks: "What's in it for me?" They tell us how to obtain the things we seek to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more beautiful along with other benefits.
Some people might not readily admit it, but we all have our radios tuned to WII-FM where the call letters mean "What's in it for me?" Whenever we are asked to do something, our antennas are set to hear the answer to that important question: "What's in it for me?" Nobody wants to do anything just to be doing it. There must be some personal benefits to motivate us to do whatever we do.
There is nothing wrong, evil, illegal or immoral about wondering what benefits we will receive from investing valuable time, energy and money into something. God knew we would wonder about those benefits. Therefore, the Bible is not silent when it comes to telling us exactly what we will receive when we obey God. For every "If" in the Bible, there is a "Then."
If we will do what God commands, then there is something in it for us. And that includes salvation, faith, hope, forgiveness, joy, peace, love, longsuffering, gentleness, grace, mercy, freedom, provisions, providence, promises, and the list goes on and on.
You ask, "What's in it for me?" The answer is simple: EVERYTHING!
Choose Your Battles
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles. (2 Chronicles 32:7-8)
Have you ever wondered why some battles are so hard to win? Have you been fighting for something and there is no end in sight for what you are going through? Perhaps it is time to reflect on the battle you are trying to win. Maybe you are fighting a battle that should be left alone. All battles are not to be fought. You should choose your battles. Ask yourself "Why am I fighting this battle?" "What would be gained if I won?" "What would be lost if I'm not victorious?" Some battles should just be walked away from and left up to God to handle.
There is a good way to know the battles you should fight. Those battles are the ones revealed to you by God. Those battles are the ones that God has definitely told you to fight. Those are the battles that God has said He would be with you to help you fight. As far as the others are concerned, walk away from them!