What do you ask from the Lord?

May 3, 2023

What do you ask from the Lord?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

One thing I ask from the Lord,
     this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
     all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
     and to seek him in his temple.
(Psalms 27:4 (NIV))

I don’t know about you, but most people probably have other options in mind when they seek something from the Lord.

Some turn to the Lord seeking health and healing for themselves or for loved ones. I fully understand how this can be a top priority when you consider the things that people seek from the Lord. But, we have to ask one important question. What are the motives?

Other people turn to the Lord seeking His assistance in turning around a financial situation or a family situation. These, too, are legitimate things to seek the Lord for assistance with. Again, we have to seriously consider the motives.

There are even those people who think that they aren’t seeking anything because they have it all together. I honestly think that Jesus may have encountered this attitude with Martha when He went to Mary and Martha’s house. Martha thought that she was doing what was required. She wasn’t seeking the Lord. She was seeking approval based on social requirements. Jesus informed her otherwise.

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
(Luke 10:41-42 (NIV))

Mary had chosen the very same thing that David desired. Both of them simply asked to be in His presence.

Take a long, hard, serious look at your faith. Do you love the things that you can get from a relationship with the Lord, or do you simply love the Lord? I realize that if you lump grace, mercy and salvation into the “things,” they do come in as a very high rating in the grand scheme of things. However, if you truly love the Lord, then these things simply mean that you get to spend eternity in His presence, in His house, and in His temple gazing upon the beauty of the Lord. It is when you place the things of this world above the Lord that you start asking for worldly things. You ask with the wrong motives.

With this in mind, I have but one more question for you.

What do you ask from the Lord?

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Are you looking to yourself instead of Jesus?

November 13, 2018


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
(Revelation 3:17 (NIV))

Do you consider yourself a follower of Christ?

Do you like to be self-sufficient?

Are you the type of person who has to take care of everything yourself?

Do you feel that unless you do it, it isn’t done right?

Would you rather starve than ask for assistance?

Do you look around and think to yourself that you have your life in order and are prepared for anything that may happen?

Hopefully, everyone who reads this will answer the first question with a resounding “Yes!”

The other questions fall into an area where human ego and pride come into play far too often. To be honest with you, I am guilty of answering these questions with a “yes” more often than I care to admit. Everyone likes to be self-sufficient. Do you feel guilty asking for help? I understand.

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
(2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NIV))

Everyone has a certain way that you want things done. Everyone would love to have a nest egg to know that they are taken care of. We like to be able to predict our comfort and our future. But is this what God wants?

He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”‘
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
(Luke 12:17-20 (NIV))

In case you did not realize this, Revelation 3:17 is about the church at Laodicea. This is the church that Jesus called lukewarm. He even said that He was about to spit them out of His mouth. They had accepted Jesus, yet they failed to leave the comfort of their physical lives. They thought that they had everything covered. They thought that they were self-sufficient. They thought that they didn’t need any assistance and that everything was in order. The sad part of this is that is was all based on their efforts and not on the strength of Jesus! If we take a look at the next sentence from Luke, we see exactly what will happen to those who fail to look to the Lord.

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
(Luke 12:21 (NIV))

Don’t be caught up in your ability. Don’t be so arrogant that you rely on your feeble works. Look to the Lord and grow in your faith.

Are you looking to yourself instead of Jesus?

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