God's Blank CheckBro. David Chancellor
5/10/2009 6:00 PM
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
As Jesus prepared to go back to God, he was trying to help his disciples see that he was handing them a blank check. Whatever they asked for, they could have. They had become dependent on Jesus. They were used to having him handle things. He wouldn’t physically be there, but his power would still be there. This is still for us. We can ask for anything. Have you thought about how huge this offer is? What would you ask for?
1 Kings 3:5-14
In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
Solomon was given a blank check, but he didn’t ask selfishly. He recognized the responsibility ahead of him and his inadequacy to meet it, and asked for an understanding heart. This is still a good thing to ask for. We need God’s help in sorting out life. God saw Solomon’s request was good and gave him what he asked for… and then some. The extra blessings became his downfall because he quit leaning on God for all his understanding. He let the blessings become a snare to him.
We still need an understanding heart. We need to be able to see and avoid the snares and pitfalls to our souls. Ask for what’s to your benefit, not for what will destroy you. Ask God to give you what you need. Ask for help to discern between good and evil, and for strength to act on what God shows you. Think about what God has promised. We need him to work in our lives.
Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Most people would take the promise and ask for riches. This one wanted to be honest/real and in the center of God’s will. Most people want riches so that they can do whatever they please, but they forget God in it. Riches are a trap that carry great responsibility with them. Great poverty is also a trap. It dishonors God. We want to have sufficient to honor God’s name. He takes good care of us. We want our situation such that we always stay with God. We want what will keep us close to God.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
We need God’s help to know what and how to ask, and how to receive. We don’t know what to ask for. We can’t see the situation like God can. The Spirit asks for what is according to God’s will. God can help us know what to ask for and how to believe when we get done asking. God can bring good from situations that seem bad. We see problems and God sees opportunities. God is still in control. It would be interesting to see life as God sees it. He understands things we can’t figure out. We need God as our helper. We need him to help us with what we need. We want the relationship with him that he designed for us to have.
2 Peter 1:1-4
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
God has given us what we’ll need for life and godliness. God will give us what we need to live for him. All we have to do is ask. We can have that divine nature. We can be made able to walk with God. He can make a way for us to enjoy his presence. We want what will bring us close to God. He’ll supply what we’ll need for life, so that we can come into his presence and live godly. We need the fullness of his grace. It addresses the infirmities within us. It helps us to walk with him in a world that is confusing to us. He promised to be with us and be our helper. Keep coming back to him for help. God will give grace for every need if we’ll stay with him.