1 Kings 3, You Can Ask God For Anything

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Jerry Simmons shared this Verse By Verse Bible study from 1kings on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

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What would your life be like? If you had the chance to ask God for anything.

What would your life be like if you had the opportunity like Solomon has here in First Kings Chapter 3?

Where God says: Ask what do you want me to give you?

What would your life be like if you had that chance if you had that opportunity.

If you've read through this passage before, I'm sure you've kind of dreamed about fantasized about this kind of opportunity.

And even if we haven't gone through this passage before, and we're not familiar with this account in Solomon's life, we we still have these kinds of ideas and dream about these opportunities.

Perhaps you said spend some time considering what kind of superpower would I have if I could have any superpower, right?

What would it be?

Would it be flight or string?

Or invisibility or hearing or whatever?

What would the superpower be?

What would you desire if you were given that kind of opportunity?

Or perhaps you sit and wonder what would I do if I won the lottery and I would.

Have you know this amount for these things and I would change these things in my life and I would take that.

Course and accomplish those things, perhaps you wonder.

Sure, what would happen if you were to win the lottery.

Or perhaps you imagine.

What it would?

Be like if I was a celebrity man.

If only I could have you know that kind of role in that position, and you know the the money that goes with it.

The opportunities to be, you know, in the movies and known and.

Be able to travel the world.

Though, wouldn't it be great?

And perhaps we wonder what what our lives would be like if.

We could have a superpower, or we could win the lottery, or if we could be a celebrity or any other number of things that we might Daydream about and wish in our hearts and in our minds that we could have accomplished in our lives.

What would your life be like if you truly had the chance to ask God for anything?

Well, Solomon gets this incredible opportunity.

Where he's spending time with God, God shows up and says alright, Solomon, go ahead ask me for anything.

Anything you want, you tell me.

What it is that's on your heart. Well, this morning as we look at Solomon's encounter with God here, I've titled the Message You can ask God for anything.

You can ask God for anything and I want to encourage you this morning that God wants to hear your request.

Now, just for the sake of clarity, I'm not suggesting that God promises to give you everything that you ask for in the same way as perhaps you know you're spending time with a little child and the little child asks for things that would be harmful or hurtful or damaging.

You know that you, as a as a an adult, would be.

Protective of that child and not provide the things that would be dangerous or damaging to a child right in a similar way, God.

He invites us to ask and he limits his responses to the things that are good for us.

But at the same time, there is the need for us to ask the opportunity for us to ask, and the ability to ask God for anything.

Sometimes we can, in our minds, get.

Pretty caught up and tide up in religious ideas in kind of religious observances that are not really accurate to the way that we're called to relate to God.

And so this morning the Lord wants to remind us, hey.

You can come to me with any request you can come to me with whatever is on your heart.

Whatever is on your mind, whatever you're going through, any need that you have any desire that you have any struggle that you have.

God wants you to know you can come to me and you can ask me for anything.

You can trust me to do what's good for you.

You know, and so you don't have to be terrified about.

What if I ask for that?

And it's, you know, not good for me and God gives it to me just to mess with me.

Like no no God, God loves you.

He knows you.

He knows what's best for you.

You can come and you can ask God for anything as Solomon has this opportunity.

He had a very clear concern.

On his heart.

He was very aware of what he needed.

And so I would ask you to consider this morning.

Do you have a specific need on your heart?

You already knew it coming in, but even before I asked this question, perhaps there's just there's something.

There's a big thing.

There's a big idea weighing upon you.

A big concern for you.

Solomon had that, that's why he is meeting with the Lord at this time.

He has this this thing that's weighing on him.

This thing that's really concerning him.

And as he brought that to the Lord, God said.

I hear what you're going through.

I I see the struggle that you're having.

What is it that you need?

Ask me for anything I want to help you with this situation that's going on.

You can ask God for anything, and so we're going to look at four points here from Solomon's example and his encounter with God to help us to approach God and ask him for the things that we need for the things that are going on.

In our life.

The first point we'll find here in these verses, we read verses 3 through 5.

You have an invitation from God.

This morning you need to know you have an open invitation.

God is thrown open the doors and he says come on in.

And ask what it is that is on your heart.

Let's look again at verses 3 through 5 it says.

And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.

Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there.

For that was the great high place.

Solomon offered 1000 burnt offerings on that altar.

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a.

Dream by night.

And God said, ask, what shall I give you?

Again, this incredible opportunity that Solomon has as God invites him to ask.

But this invitation comes about. I think it's important to note Solomon's condition.

There in verse three, it tells us that Solomon loved the Lord.

Solomon loved the Lord.

He had a heart for the Lord.

He was passionate about the Lord and.

He desired to be obedient to the Lord.

It tells us also that he was walking in the statutes of his father David.

And David, of course the man after God's own heart.

Was one who sought to be obedient to God.

Of course he had his failures and his moments of disobedience to God, but he would repent.

He would recover.

He would come back and and bring his life in alignment once again to the things of God.

And now as Solomon takes the throne at the very very beginning of his reign, he is seeking to do the same thing.

He's seen his father's passion for God. He's seen his father's love for God, and he is also seeking.

To follow that course now the idea here of Solomon loving the Lord.

This is not just saying that he had loving feelings toward God, but but it speaks of the devotion, the commitment that he had.

To the Lord.

Of course, there's feelings that go along with love and and those are wonderful, but but it's speaking about his desire, his commitment to stay close to God, to know God, to draw near to God and to.

Walk with God.

And so we start out really well looking at Solomon he loved God.

He obeyed God.

But also we see here that he had some issues.

It's noteworthy to consider these things there at the end of verse three, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.

Now the high places were the places that were high.

There were hills and mountain tops and previous to the children of Israel being inhabiting the land there in Israel.

The Canaanites, the people that were living there before Israel.

They would use those high places to worship false gods, and so there would be idolatrous practices there on those high places there would be places for them to pursue other gods.

Now Solomon.

It says here sacrificed had burned incense at the high places.

He was not.

At this time.

Burning incense and sacrificing to false gods but.

Burning incense and sacrificing to the true and living God, but just at these various high places that he didn't remove them now God had instructed them back in Deuteronomy.

When you come into the land, don't offer sacrifices anywhere you want to.

There's going to be a specific place.

Through David, we learned that place is Jerusalem.

And so there you are to sacrifice to God.

And so the issue that Solomon has here is not that he's pursuing other gods, not at this time in his life, but he's devoted to God.

He's loving God, but he's expressing that love and devotion in ways that are not exactly in alignment with what God has instructed.

He goes to Gibeon.

It tells us in verse 4 to sacrifice there.

It was a high place.

Now there's a little bit of understanding about this, because Gibeon is also the place where the Tabernacle is. You can cross reference first chronicles chapter 21.

It tells us there that the Tabernacle was set up at Gibeon, and so that's where the bronze altar that Moses had fashioned in the wilderness.

That's where that altar was.

At this time it was there at Gibeon, and so he wasn't just out.

You know, worshipping other gods or false gods or random gods.

But at the same time, he wasn't exactly following the letter of the law.

He wasn't exactly where God had called them to be.

They're in Jerusalem.

Now, of course, the the temple had not been built yet, and so there's this in between time.

But it it points out here in verse three that he sacrificed and burned incense at.

The high places.

And so you can make a strong argument for it being OK for Solomon to sacrifice here at Gibeon, because that's where the.

Old Tabernacle is set up and there's great arguments that go along with that, but but here the Lord is pointing out also that he's sacrificing at the high places.

Now I'm only pointing this out to say, sometimes you and I we can be more particular than God is about certain things.

We can be too picky sometimes about our approach to God and our ways of drawing nearer to God and and we can think that we have to have everything technically precisely lined up correctly in order for us to be able to approach God.

Now through this encounter, Solomon at the end of it is going to go back to Jerusalem and sacrifice there.

And so it seems as you kind of follow the flow, that Solomon he was.

Uneducated, he was ignorant.

He was sacrificing in all the wrong places, but after his encounter with the Lord he understands where he needs to be.

He goes back to Jerusalem and he sacrifices there and it's a wonderful picture of how God works in our lives.

Sometimes we.

Are holding ourselves back from God and sometimes we won't approach God or sometimes even worse, we will try to prevent or forbid others kind of prohibit their approach to God or expressions of love and devotion to God because it doesn't line up technically precisely.

With some of the things that we aren't familiar with.

And yet the amazing thing about God is that he has a way of.

Meeting us where we're at.

Even when we don't understand everything that we need to understand when we don't know everything we need to know and and we don't have it all together and and our life is still a little bit confused and and we don't know God, there's a lot of things that we don't know just because we don't know God.

And we don't have those experiences with him, and so through the encounters with God, he's going to be shaping us, molding us and teaching us.

Again, the point this morning is that you have an.

Invitation from God.

Don't throw out the invitation because, well, I don't know directions to get there, right?

Well, there's means and methods for you to get directions, so don't throw out the invitation because.

I don't know.

I don't know if my schedule is going to open up that day.

Don't don't just count yourself out because you're not sure because you don't have it all figured out.

The religious leaders in Jesus Day really demonstrate what what I'm seeking to counter here in this point.

Jesus told them they strain atanet a gnat, but swallow a camel.

They're so caught up in the particulars, so caught up in the details of the law that they were missing huge issues.

That God was seeking to address in their lives.

Jesus told them you, you lay heavy burdens on people and it hinders them from drawing near to God.

We need to understand you have an invitation from God.

That there is not the need for you to have everything precisely exactly perfectly in line.

You don't have to know everything that you need to know.

You can just come to God.

You know, as children, perhaps you say something like, hey, you didn't close your eyes when you prayed.

And we can.

Be caught up sometimes in those kinds of particulars.

Do you have to bow your head?

Do you have to close?

Your eyes you have to fold your hands.

I mean, if you grew up in Sunday school, that's what you were taught and it can become such a tradition for us.

That we don't respond to invitations from God because.

Well, we didn't have opportunity to close our eyes and our heads and fold our hands or we can hinder others because they didn't.

Hey, hey, hey, you know you're not praying right?

You didn't teach her, you know.

He has his eyes open, his hands aren't folded together.

Sometimes we can be like those children.

Caught up in the particulars caught up in the technicalities.

Wrestling with stressed about.

Well, should I be sitting when I pray?

Should I be sitting when I call out to God?

Should I be kneeling or?

Standing or Boeing.

What what's the right posture?

What's the correct posture?

If I pray to God, what what name do I use?

Do I pray to Jesus or Father or spirit or Yahweh or Jehovah?

And there's sometimes.

Those who would come and say, hey you must never address the Holy Spirit in your prayers.

You must never do that.

Gee, the Holy Spirit always points to Jesus, and if you pray to the Holy Spirit, you're praying wrong, right like?

Sometimes there's strong opinions about that.

But perhaps we're just being too picky.

We're caught up in the wrong details and technicalities.

Solomon was offering sacrifices at the wrong places.

But he loved God.

He was committed to obeying God.

And when God taught him when God drew him near and and showed him where he was to partake of sacrifices, then he went back to Jerusalem and practiced the sacrifices there.

The point is, love and devotion really overcome those technicalities.

God is not so dainty or small that you offend him, just like a tiny.

You didn't do that exactly right, so your prayers I'm not even gonna listen to this.

Not talk to the hand.

I'm not listening.

That that's not how God works.

You come to him and you stumbled trying to get there.

You you scrape your knee and you do it wrong and you see the wrong name and you quote the wrong version.

You know that's.

OK, you have an invitation from God.

An invitation to draw near to come close.

The best way you know how?

Love God.

And be devoted to God. That's that's what God's asking of you the best way you know how love God and be devoted to him.

The Lord made a promise in Deuteronomy Chapter 4 to his people when he they would end up in a place that was far from him.

When they did know him they would been worshipping false gods and all the way and some crazy things.

But God gave the promise in Deuteronomy 429. From there, if you seek the Lord with all your hearts.

You will find him.

If you seek the Lord with all your heart, you will find him not.

If you seek the Lord, and you have all your ducks in a row and all the situations resolved and all the calculations figured out, and all the details, if you have all of them, then you'll find the Lord no.

It's about the heart if if your heart is desiring to encounter God, God makes a promise.

Seek me and you will.

If you really want to find me, you really want to know me, you really want to encounter me?

Seek me and.

You will find me.

That's the invitation that God extends.

To all people.

And so here's Solomon not doing it perfectly.

But he's seeking to draw near to God.

He's calling out to the Lord again.

There's something weighing upon his heart.

There's a a serious concern that he has as he begins to reign over Jerusalem or over Israel from Jerusalem.

And so he goes to Gibeon, and he offers these sacrifices.

These burnt offerings, now the burnt offering, was a specific picture.

It was the whole animal being burned upon the altar.

It's an expression of devotion.

In a sense, Solomon is saying as I burn this sacrifice on the altar God, I am that sacrifice.

I'm on your altar and I'm giving myself entirely to you.

I'm giving myself over to you wholeheartedly, completely, and not holding anything back.

That that that's where Solomon was in his heart.

He loved God.

He's expressing this full and complete devotion to God in the best way that he knew how.

And God.

Met him there in Gibeon.

God met him there because his heart was calling out to God was seeking the Lord.

See, we need to remember the grace of.

God is one thing.

In this invitation, God is able to overlook all kinds of failures and mess ups and details and technicalities.

But we also need to remember the role of faith.

Faith is what opens the door for this invitation.

It's not perfection, it's not works.

It's not getting everything right or doing everything right.

Solomon did not walk with God as well as David did.

Right, he's doing his best.

But David didn't offer sacrifices in the high.

Places Solomon does.

Perhaps he started that thinking it would be a kind of an even better experience than what David had with God.

Perhaps he was ignorant enough to to think that that would be the case, but.

Being perfect.

Or being as good as his father David was not the requirement, it was.

It's really faith that opens the door for Solomon here.

He approaches God, believing.

That God will hear and answer.

As he calls out to him.

Reminds me of Hebrews Chapter 11 verse 6 without faith.

It is impossible to please him.

For he who comes to God must believe that he is.

And that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

What was Solomon doing?

He was diligently seeking God.

Not perfectly, but diligently, right?

Not precisely technically, not exactly, but diligently he was.

He was endeavouring to know God to express his love and devotion to God.

And so he approaches with faith.

Believing that God is.

He's sacrificing to God because he is confident the true and living God is right there, listening, receiving, ready to hear my call and hear my prayer.

And Solomon is offering sacrifices to him, expressing his love and devotion to him.

Because he believes.

That God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him, and Solomon is there saying, I have this need.

I have this thing that's weighing on me.

This overarching thing is just a heavy cloud that that follows me everywhere I go.

But I'm going to go and meet with God and call out to God because I know he rewards those who diligently seek him.

He believed.

In God.

His faith opens the door.

For this invitation from God to have an encounter with him, to know him, and to have his prayer answered.

Solomon loved God.

He was committed to God.

But at this point in his life he didn't know God very well.

David, his father, had a better understanding of God than Solomon did.

So he didn't know exactly how to walk, how to pray, how to seek the Lord in this way.

But he loved God.

And he was committed.

To follow the instructions of the Lord and God said, you know I can work with.

That you don't have to be perfect.

You don't have to hit it right on the head.

You don't have to know all the details as you come to me, just come.

It's an open invitation.

What you need to do is believe that I am and that I will reward.

Those who diligently seek him.

Again, in this time Solomon had a very clear concern on his heart.

He was very aware of it.

Do you have something weighing on you?

Some concern, some some issue that is.

Consuming your mind.

Clouding all the rest of your thoughts stealing your joy.

Bringing you down.

Your opportunity is just as real as Solomon's.

Your opportunity is just as real.

You have the chance to ask God for anything.

And you can express the same kind of faith to believe that God is and that he rewards those who diligently seek him.

Your opportunity is just as real as Solomon's. It may not feel like what you imagine Solomon felt like.

And your experience in your encounter with God may not be as dramatic as Solomon's was here, or.

As you imagine it.

But it's just as real.

Those who come to God must believe that he is.

And that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

If you have faith.

If you believe in God.

This invitation is for you.

You have an open invitation from God to come to seek him to ask.

Well, as we head on now into verses 6 through 10, here's point #2 ask God to provide what you need.

First, you get the invitation.

By faith you believe God that he is and that he rewards those who diligently seek him.

So you respond, you draw near to God.

You express your love and your devotion to God.

And God says alright.

What can I do for you?

You've reached out, you're seeking me with all your heart what is it?

What do you need?

And as God gives Solomon this opportunity to present his request.

Before the Lord.

Here's what Solomon says in verses 6 through 10, Solomon said, you have shown great mercy to your servant David my father, because he watched before you.

In truth, in righteousness and in uprightness of heart with you you have continued this great kindness for him, and you have given him a son to sit on his throne as it is.

This day now, oh Lord my God.

You have made your servant King instead of.

My father, David.

But I am a little child.

I do not know how to go out or to come in, and your servants is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen.

A great people too numerous to be numbered or counted.

Therefore, give to your servant and understanding heart to judge your people.

That I may discern between good and evil.

For who is able to judge this great people of yours?

Verse 10 the speech pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.

So here in this account, in this event where God says alright, Solomon ask.

Anything you want?

What shall I give you?

At the end of Solomon's request.

We see that his request pleased the Lord.

And I want to just consider that for a moment with you again verse 10, the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

The request that Solomon brought was a request that pleased the Lord.

Solomon, in his request, was not seeking some selfish motivations or some things that was just.

Purely, you know, satisfying the cravings of his sinful nature, or.

Satisfying his own desires, but he's looking at the work of God.

The plan of God.

He's looking at the will of God.

And he's identified the thing that he needs the most.

To be able to live out the work.

That God has called him to.

You could see Solomon heart is aligned with God here.

He's saying God, I want to do your will.

I feel a great lack.

Lack of ability, lack of capacity.

I don't know how I'm going to be able to do what it is that you've set before me, and so my request.

God is that you would help me to live out the life that you've called me to live.

And as Solomon presented that request, it pleased the Lord.

This is really what God is desiring from us.

That we would come in line with his will and his plans again, knowing that he knows what's best.

He wants what's best for us.

He wants good things for us because he loves us.

The best thing for us to do is to line up our.

Hearts with his.

And so again, in this invitation you can ask God for anything.

That's not a promise that God will give you everything that you ask for except.

When your heart is lined up with his.

Whatever you ask in his name, whatever you ask of God.

That is guaranteed for you.

The apostle John puts it this way in first John Chapter 5.

This is the confidence that we have in him.

That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

And if we know that he hears us whatever we ask, we know we have the petitions that we have asked of him.

There's a great confidence that we have.

Anytime we ask anything according to the will of God, we know that he hears.

US and Jon.

Chains a couple thoughts together here first.

When we pray according to the will of God, then we can know for sure.

God heard that prayer.

And then if we know that God heard that prayer, well, then we know that we have the petition.

That we've asked of him.

If God heard the prayer because it was prayed according to the will of God, then then we know for sure that we have the answer to that prayer.

And so the key here is having our hearts aligned with God and aligned with his will.

Again, Solomon says, I'm inexperienced.

The task that you've set before me is big.

He looks back at David's ministry, David Greene. In verse six, he says.

David walked before you in truth and righteousness.

You've shown great mercy and kindness to him.

And you've given him a son to sit on the throne.

In verse seven, he says you've made me king instead of my father, but I am a little child.

I'm a little child.

We don't know exactly how old Solomon was at this point.

The youngest estimates are around 16 years old.

Most would put Solomon around his early 20s for this time.

It's early in his reign he's fairly young and he says.

I'm just a young kid.

Very little life experience.

I'm inexperienced as king.

How am I going to do this?

And verse eight he really.

Puts the emphasis on God and his people.

He says your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen.

A great people too numerous to be numbered or counted.

So God, you've put me in this position.

Over your people, this isn't just some random group of people.

This is your people.

You chose them.

There's a lot of them.

This is a huge responsibility.

Solomon is expressing.

This is a big deal.

This task that you've called me too is overwhelming to me.

And so he says.

Here's my request, God.

Give me a hammock.

And the rest of my.

Life just being able to chill.

And have a good time and have vacation and just relax and never have to rule or have authority.

That's not what he prayed.

That's not what he asked for.

He asks for, OK, this is a big task.

It's overwhelming, it's.

Huge, I don't know how I'm going to do it so God, would you please give me what I need?

To fulfill your will to do what it is that you've called me to do this need this overwhelming sense of inadequacy is what drove Solomon to call out to the Lord, and offer these sacrifices to the Lord to begin with.

And if you want to compare and contrast that, look back to King Saul before he was King.

When it was time for him and he was like overwhelmed by the responsibility and all that was required, we find him hiding amongst the stuff like that's the.

Wrong response.

But here Solomon responds to it.

Well, he says, look, I'm overwhelmed.

I'm burdened by this.

I have no idea how this is gonna happen.

And so he goes.

To sacrifice to God to spend time with God and to seek from God what he needs.

And what does he need?

Again, he identifies it in verse 9.

Therefore give to your servant and understanding heart to judge her people.

That I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to judge this great people of yours.

This task is huge.

I'm inexperienced, so God here's what I need.

I need wisdom and understanding.

I need discernment.

I need to be able to know right from wrong good and evil.

I need to be able to hear from you this word understanding when he says I need an understanding heart.

Literally the word is.

I need a hearing heart.

I need a heart that hears you.

I need to hear from you about the matters and in the decisions and choices that I'm going to be making.

This is the kind of wisdom that Solomon is seeking.

He wants to hear from God.

That he might be able to fulfill the will of God.

This is the heart.

Of Solomon.

He's asking God to provide what he needs.

For the role that God has given to him.

And this pleased the Lord.

Again, as we have this open invitation, this is the invitation for us and you can ask God for anything I recommend if you want your prayers answered, align your heart with God.

Align your heart with the will of God and like Solomon, ask for the thing that you need.

For anything that you need to be able to fulfill God's will in your life.

Now there's some things that we're going to ask for that God is going to.

Say that's not good for you.

There's something that we're some things that we're going to ask for that God is going to say, listen.

You need to ask.

It's good for.

You to ask but.

Well, that other person has their own free will.

And I'm going to work in their life and do.

Everything short of forcing them.

To my will.

But as you pray for them to be in.

Line with my will well.

I'm going to be at work.

But I'm also going to give them the choice whether or not they're going to follow me and seek me and.

Pursue my will.

And so there's some things we ask that God's gonna.

Say no or.

That's not really for us to determine.

That's the free will and choices that other people get to make and God will work in their lives accordingly.

But at the same time, it's not necessarily guaranteed.

But there are things that are guaranteed.

Again, as you align your heart with the Lord.

So let's just say you're a parent.

And you want something specific for your kid.

There's a lot of things that you can pray for as a parent for your children.

That are not necessarily good or the perfect will of God.

There's there's a lot of things that perhaps God would say no, I know you want to relieve them from this pressure or stress, or deliver them from this pain or this difficulty.

But perhaps that's not actually what's best.

But here's what you can pray for.

For your heart as a parent.

To be lined up with gods in that situation so that you can be an influence so that you can represent God so that you can Minister on behalf of God.

To the children that God is entrusted to you.

We can ask God to provide what we need.

We don't always know what we need and so sometimes we're just.

Calling out to God for whatever.

He knows we need.

But like Solomon, he identified this need.

He recognized.

I don't know how to lead in this situation.

I don't know how to do these things that God has called me to do.

And so Lord would.

You help me?

This is an opportunity that we all have asked God to provide.

What you need?

James tells us in James Chapter 4.

There's a lot of times we ask that we don't have.

We don't receive an answer from the Lord.

We don't receive the thing that we ask for because we're asking for our own selfish pleasures.

The will of God is not in our mind.

We're not trying to pursue the plan of God and fulfill the work of God.

We're we're just caught up in our own temporary.

Fantasies and ideas and the things that we want.

And James, there is calling us.

To ask, you need to ask.

But but make sure that you line yourself up with.

What it is that God wants to do in your life?

And as you align your heart with his, you can ask God to provide.

What you need?

Well, moving on to verses 11 through 13, we get the Third Point this morning and that is you can trust God to provide your needs.

This goes right along with it.

Again, first John tells us.

When you ask, according to the will of God, you know that he hears you.

And when you know that.

He hears you, you know.

That you have the things.

That you have asked for.

You can trust God.

He will provide for your needs, not necessarily all your wants.

He will provide your needs.

He will deliver to you what you need.

For those things that are good for you, for those things that will benefit you and bless you for all of eternity, check out verses 11 through 13.

It says then God said to him because you have asked this thing and not have and have not asked long life for yourself nor vast riches for yourself.

Norvasc the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice.

Behold, I have done according to your words.

See, I have given you a wise and understanding heart.

So that there has not been anyone like you before, you.

Nor shall anyone like you arise after you.

And I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.

The Lord pleased with Solomon's request.

Essentially says you got it, Solomon.

No problem, I will give you wisdom like nobody else has.

I will give you understanding like no one has before you or after you and and this.

Response from God is so sure.

It's so guaranteed, he says it in the past tense.

Do you see that?

In verse 12, behold, I have done.

According to your words.

You didn't say Solomon go home tomorrow.

Hopefully you'll wake up and you'll have a lot of wisdom.

God says I've already answered this prayer.

This is so sure, so guaranteed it's already done and the next few chapters really hit home this point that nobody had wisdom like Solomon had.

At the end of chapter three, we see that first account of his wisdom with two women disputing over a child and which one was, or which one was the rightful mother of the child, and.

Now as you read through that and I think.

It's appropriate to kind of look and go.

What do you mean?

That's wisdom?

That's kind of great.

That looks like insanity right there.

If you didn't read First Kings, so you read it.

Understand that was a one time thing like that's not Solomon's approach to every situation and decision after that he.

He understood the heart.

And he understood what was going to happen as he invited them to bring the sword.

And so it was wisdom, because he had insight from the Lord in that. But at the end of that First Kings Chapter 3, verse 28 says all Israel heard the judgment which the king rendered, and they feared the king. For they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.

God said, you got.

It and guess what happened.

He had it.

He had wisdom from God, and all Israel knew everybody in Israel knew they could testify that God had done this work.

As you go into just First Kings chapter 4.

It goes on to elaborate even further. Verse 29 God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largest of heart, like the sand of the sea shore, his wisdom and excellence.

I'm sorry, excelled the wisdom of all men of the east from the wisdom of Egypt, wiser than all men. Verse 31 Ethan. The Ezra Ezra height.

Human charcoaled are to the sons of like on and on and on like there's nobody. Verse 34 First Kings 4.

The men of all nations, from all the kings of the Earth, had heard of his wisdom, keen to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

He is now known for.

This answered prayer.

Consider this.

How many people in their late teens or early 20s are known worldwide for their great wisdom?

Like that's not typically our wisest phase of life, right?

But here's Solomon.

God answered that prayer.

He made him wise.

You see another example in chapter five of First Kings, with his encounter with Hiram, who celebrates and rejoices that God has given a wise king for Israel.

You see the king of the Queen of Sheba and 1st Kings, Chapter 10.

She said look, I heard about your wisdom.

I came look they didn't tell me half of the wisdom that you actually have.

This is incredible. The wisdom that you have First Kings chapter 10, verse 23 and 24 tells us that King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the Earth in riches and wisdom.

He wrote proverbs.

There's just we could go on and on and on about the wisdom of Solomon.

Here's the point.

You can trust God to provide your needs.

He identified what he needed as his heart was aligned with God wanting to do the work of God.

He asked God for wisdom.

God said, you got it and he really did have it.

You and I can trust God when we bring our needs to him.

We can trust him.

He really will provide those things that we need.

Those things that we ask for and listen.

You can even say it this way you can trust so God so much that he even started answering the prayer request before it was requested.

I'd encourage you leader.

Go back to First Kings chapter two.

Look at David, tell his son twice.

You are a wise man.

Before Solomon asked for wisdom.

God was already answering that prayer request in making him wise.

He was already giving him wisdom, and David was recognizing it, even though Solomon wasn't recognizing it.

Because God knows everything in advance, right?

Matthew Chapter 6 tells us.

When you pray you don't have to use vain repetition saying it over and over and over and over again.

You don't have to think that you're going to be heard by many words.

Your prayer requests can be 2 words long and God hears it.

He hears it, he knows it.

Jesus says even before you ask him.

Listen, this is amazing.

You could trust God so much you identify that need as you desire to fulfill the will of God.

You could trust God so much to know that even before you asked for it, God was already at work behind the scenes, preparing and answering that prayer request before you even brought it.

To him.

You can trust God to provide for your needs.

And so you need.

You need insight.

You need direction.

You need counsel.

You need strength you need.

Understanding you need love.

You need help in your devotion to God.

You need deliverance.

You can trust God to provide what you need.

Whatever is in line with his will and his purposes, any plan that you come up with for your own life is never going to be as good as God's plan.

So don't get caught up trying to chase.

And make that happen.

Instead, spend your efforts aligning your heart to God's heart.

Aligning your will to God's will and then anything you ask God. I need help.

As a parent in this situation.

As a manager in a company.

With employees now in responsibility.

God I need help.

I have no idea why.

Being a manager over 5 people at a local flooring company is way more intimidating to me than being a pastor, I guess.

Let's just experience you know, I've been doing this for a while, but boy, do I need a lot in that role.

But God given me that role.

And I can trust God.

To provide my needs even before.

I ask him.

As the concern is on my heart, I can bring it to God. Well, one last point, we'll wrap it up quick #4.

Keep trusting God to provide your needs.

Verse 14.

God says so.

If you walk in my ways to keep my statutes and my commandments as your father David, what then?

I will lengthen your days.

God says you've got it.

You asked for wisdom and understanding.

I've given it to you.

We see that.

Demonstrated in his life in the following chapters.

But God also gives him this instruction.

This warning.

OK.

You did well coming here.

Your heart was seeking me going back to verse three.

You loved me and you're devoted to me.

Perfect, this is right where you need to be, Solomon.

And now God says stay there.

Keep on trusting me to provide your needs.

The next time something is overwhelming you and weighing on you and something that's heavy on your heart or mind.

Come to me.

The next time you have, you know something going on and you really need some help in some area.

Come to me the next time something is happening.

God is saying keep this up.

Keep coming to me.

Trusting in me, walking in my ways following my instruction.

And I will lengthen your days.

Solomon stumbled.

In verse 14.

We saw the accounts, he became incredibly wise.

He was known worldwide for his wisdom.

But later on in his life as an older man.

He became the wisest fool.

Who ever lived?

And he turned his heart from God.

His life was transformed here in Chapter 3.

But here's what you need to understand.

As his life was transformed, it's.

It's reliant upon him continuing.

To walk.

With the Lord.

The the point.

To consider here is that regression is possible and I would even say this way.

Regression is guaranteed.

If you're disconnected from God.

Now Solomon later on in his life, the systems that he had established in his wisdom were still there.

His Kingdom still ran and it was a magnificent system so that even later in his life things were going great because he had established these systems, it took a while for those things to wind down.

The experience that he obtained was still there.

So that Solomon, when he judged later on when he wasn't devoted to God and he didn't love God and his heart, wasn't for God, he still had the experience he had, that the wisdom that he had gained naturally by experience, having judged those kinds of cases before having dealt with those kinds of situations before he was, he was.

Able to navigate.

Through those without relying upon God so much, the Kingdom kept working.

Because things were established.

But here's what changed.

The Book of Ecclesiastes Records for us the Journey of Solomon. In all of this and what you see behind the scenes later on in Solomon's life is that he was miserable, empty and depressed.

But the money was flowing in and the things were working smoothly and things were going great.

But he was miserable, empty and depressed.

'cause he didn't keep trusting God to provide for his needs.

He got established.

His heart.

Was swayed. His focus changed.

And everything still worked.

There was no alarming outward evidence of any problems, but internally he was just miserable, depressed.

Saying vanity of vanities, everything is vanity, it's worthless.

All the wisdom in the world.

It does you no good unless you walk in devotion to God.

Every prayer request answer does you no good.

Unless you continue to walk in devotion to God in connection to God, it's so hard for us to do this.

You finally get that job.

You're praying for.

You get established and comfortable, and then you forget how much you need God.

You get that home you're praying for.

You get that spouse you're praying for.

You get that deliverance you're praying for.

You get that thing that you wanted that.

You know, and and then.

You get established, you get comfortable and it's so hard for us to remember.

That we need to keep ourselves in this place.

It's the picture of judges over and over again, right?

The great need that they have they call out to God.

God sends a deliverer.

But as that deliver moves off the scene, they turn back to idolatry.

They get established and comfortable.

And they're not continuing to trust God for their needs.

Keep trusting God to provide for your needs.

Incredible promise that we have that we can.

Come to God and approach him for anything with any situation, for any need that we have.

Again, what would your life be like if you had a chance to ask God for anything you have that chance God invites you to come.

You can ask me for anything he says I'll do what's good for you.

Bring your heart in alignment to mine.

And you can ask.

And I will provide what you need.

That's my promise, God says.

So much so you can trust him to provide for your needs even before you asked them, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't ask, but but ask and understand that God has already started to answer that.

You know it's not like OK, you asked for that on this day since you know.

You know the supply lines are a.

Little bit backed.

Up right, it's going to take me a few months to get to that.

Get that to you.

So just hold tight.

It's coming right?

No no.

If it's going to take three months for that to be resolved.

God's already started three months prior, right? So that has you asked for it? It's already in the works.

It's already in motion 'cause already doing that work you can trust God to provide your needs.

Keep yourself in that place.

Loving God expressing your devotion to God in the best way you know how.

And so this morning, I pray that you're.

Encouraged to ask God.

You need forgiveness.

You need mercy.

You need help strength.

What do you need?

God has it.

He knows what's best for you.

He wants to give it to you.

You can ask God for anything, let's pray.

God, I pray for each of us as we present to you these things that we heavy on our hearts.

These requests, on our minds, Lord, these things that we desire.

What we trust you and and no Lord, that you are.

Able to handle.

Any request, any conversation, any discussion.

Lord, that we would desire to have with you.

And so Lord, as we wrestle with these things, we bring them to you.

I pray God that you would align our hearts with yours.

That we would trust you to meet our needs.

As we put you first.

Lord, would you add to us?

All these other things.

But Lord, keep us focused on that first part, loving you, being devoted to you.

As we do Lord, I pray that you would.

Satisfy that thirst that we have.

Heal those hurts that we have.

Restore that joy that we had.

Do your work in our hearts as we call out to you.

I pray this in Jesus name.