Tuesday, June 26, 2007

What do you need from Me?

In "Other" Words
This week's quote is:

"When there is little awareness of real need there is little real prayer."
~ Donald S. Whitney ~ Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life

I love the story of Solomon. Shortly after he became king in place of his father, David, God appeared to him and asked, “What do you need from Me?” (2 Chronicles 1:7)

Being a young man, Solomon realized how big his father’s shoes were to fill. David was loved by God. He had united Israel and kept its enemies at bay, despite his own family turmoil. The family turmoil threatened to continue even after Solomon became king – his brothers were jealous and tried to usurp the kingship in spite of David’s wishes.

After a time of soul searching and prayer, Solomon realized what he needed. More than wealth, more than power, he needed God’s wisdom to rule Israel well. He needed God with him to stand up against his brothers.

Solomon’s request pleased God so much; He rewarded the young man with the wisdom he requested as well as wealth and power. His kingship was firmly established over his brothers and the kingdom remained united under his rule.

Several years ago, during a time of emotional healing in my life, I was confronted by that same question from God. “What do you need from Me?”

I struggled with it because I really didn’t know what I needed from Him. I knew what I wanted - I wanted the inner turmoil to cease. I wanted to be free of the emotional pain of depression.

But what did I really NEED? In the midst of all the struggle and hurt, I discovered His presence. It was so close and comforting. He was so real during the turmoil; I could almost sense His arms around me. I could hear His voice affirming that He loved me so much He was investing His time and energy into my healing so I could become a vessel of honor for Him.

Like Solomon, I discovered that I NEEDED Him with me. I could go through any difficulties, any pain as long as He was there with me. It meant real communication with God – learning to know Him, leaning on Him and talking to Him one-on-one, up close and personal.

What do you NEED from Him today?
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MiPa said...

That moment when we discover that all we need is Him is lifechanging. Thank you for sharing your moment to encourage others. Blessings on your day.

Laurel Wreath said...

I love this, it took trials and tribulations for me know all I really NEEDED was him.


Amy Grant said...

This is so true. S ver true. Thank you for sharing this wisdom with us!