Scripture: 2 Kings 5.
(What is God saying here?)
2 Kings 5:9-14 (NLT)
9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house.
10 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.”
11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me!
12 Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage.
13 But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!'”
14 So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child’s, and he was healed!
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
This passage reminds me that God will respond in His way to my requests for help, and this will not always be in the way that I expect. I was taught as a very small child not to demand things, but rather – ask for things with gratitude. If God granted everything that we demand – including those things that we demand selfishly and without regard for how this may truly affect our lives, often we would be in deep trouble. Friend, we serve a great big God – all powerful, all knowing and without blemish, but always looking out for our very best. He created us and provides everything that we need. Let us therefore, ask in accordance with His will and His desire for our lives, knowing that through His love for us, He will provide nothing but the best for us. Let’s let Him be God and let us take our humble position at His feet with deep respect for the One that loves us so much that He was willing to sacrifice His only Son so that we could spend eternity in His presence. His response to our requests will be from a heart of love. Let us obediently follow His commands and accept the gifts of love that He lavishes on us each day.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, it is so easy for us to wind and complain, even when You are ultimately looking out for our very best. Thank You for loving me so much that You gave of Your most valuable possession. I believe that it is so important that You, the Creator, remain in charge of the created, me and my earthly cohorts. Thank You for convincing me that You will always act and respond from a heart of love, doing what You know is best for us, regardless of what we may selfishly ask for or desire. I want You to be God. Please help me to approach Your throne with that in mind.
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