PRYOR, OK —
If someone had the power to offer you anything in the world, what would you want? Would it be a large sum of money, a new house, a new car, or perhaps a position of great power and prestige? With such a tremendous opportunity, maybe you would take some time to meditate so that you could make a wise and careful decision.
Years ago, when Solomon became King, he was very young and inexperienced. God appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” Here is the opportunity of a lifetime! God is telling Solomon to request anything he desires. No limit is placed upon it. If you had been Solomon, what would you have chosen?
Solomon took his new position as king very seriously. Of all the possible things Solomon could have asked for, he asked God to give him an understanding heart to judge the people. His choice was for the good of others, rather than for his own benefit. Wouldn’t it be great if world leaders were that dedicated and unselfish today?
It is God’s desire for us to ask Him to supply our needs. Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” He adds in verse 11, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Many people do not have the things they lack simply because they do not ask (James 4:2).
In the Bible, we are specifically told that we can ask for wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Here is a great opportunity for us!
Like Solomon, we would all do well to ask God to give us an understanding heart. How understanding are we when it comes to the faults of others? In Matthew 7, Jesus tells us that we are not to judge others and that if we are quick to condemn others, God will be quick to condemn us. It is easy to overlook our own faults and focus on the faults of others. Jesus told the self-righteous people of His day, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you,” (Matthew 21:31).
We should pray for an understanding heart in dealing with those who are suffering. Paul wrote in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” When we bear each other’s burdens, we fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Many times we fail to help people who are suffering, simply because we don’t know what to do or say, and so we just stay away. That is the wrong thing to do! Go to those who are suffering, and let them know you care. Tell them you love them. Tell them you wish you could say something to make the hurt go away. Just by being there, you let them know that you care. Ask God for wisdom to help the suffering.
We need to have understanding hearts in the home. Communicate love and appreciation to your loved ones every day. Spend time together. Try to bridge the generation gap. Be committed to your family, and seek to make them happy.
Maybe you can think of other areas in your life where it would be helpful to be more understanding. It might be on the job or in school. It may be in sports, or perhaps you need help to be more understanding with your neighbors. Try to get along with others, even though they may be different from you. In all things, try to have an understanding heart. Start by asking God’s help. He is ready and willing to help.