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Ask for the Moon

When I was younger I knew that money was not pouring from the sky so when it was time to ask for something for my birthday, I always tried to consider something that was a reasonable price. I did not want to ask for something that cost a lot because I knew it was not affordable.

With God, things are very different. You can ask for anything. I am not saying this so that you start asking God for a billion dollars instead of a million dollars. I truly hope that money is not your big request of God. What I’m trying to say is sometimes we continue to pray for small things for God to do in our lives, and we forget that He is a big God.

Did you know that God wants to do something mighty in your life? He wants you to ask for anything. He wants you to be extravagant. “Ask for the moon” He tells Ahaz, and He wants us to think big too. He is a big God. Don’t spend your life praying small prayers when God has greater things waiting. He made you for greater things—pray like you believe it! Whatever vision He lays on your heart, pray about it. Don’t consider how big it is; instead remind yourself of how big He is and watch Him amaze you with His greatness.

“God spoke again to Ahaz. This time he said, ‘Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon!’”

-Isaiah 7:10-11 [MSG]

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I Will Not Ask

The Bible says that we are not to put God to the test. When Jesus is tempted three times, He even responds with the Deuteronomy 6 verse when He is told to throw himself down. In today’s passage, Ahaz responds that he “will not put the LORD to the test.” There is a difference though.

Ahaz was asked by the Lord to ask for a sign or confirmation. God was saying, “Go ahead Ahaz, seek me. Ask me.” Ahaz did not want to know the truth. Ahaz did not want to seek the advice of God. He responds by attempting to make himself look as if he is following the Law. He proclaims that he didn’t want a sign because he didn’t want to test God. But he was simply pretending to have reverence for God, though it was more of a refusal to accept what God had for him.

Jesus and Ahaz had the same response but their hearts were different—their true motives were different. Reverence for God is something we all should have, but there is true reverence, what Jesus displayed, and a false reverence, which is the display put on by Ahaz. Today consider the reverence you show for God. Do you have a deep respect for the Lord?

“Later, the LORD sent this message to King Ahaz: ‘Ask the LORD your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want–as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.’ But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.’” – Isaiah 7:10-12 [NLT]

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