Have you ever heard the saying “To get something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.” This is not also true in real life situations, but in a spiritual sense as well. It’s especially important when God requires obedience from us. Yes, it seems cliché but sometimes God asks us to do things that in our eyes seem foolish, a completewaste of time or just plain ‘olstupid.
In 2 Kings 5:9-15 there was a man by the name of Naaman who was dealing with an issue of leprosy. He heard of God’s prophet Elisha and journeyed to his house to seek a healing. When he arrived Elisha instructed him to wash himself seven times in the river Jordan. Now, this upset him very much. Naaman was an army hero who was used to getting royal treatment that he thought this to be beneath him and foolish. After consultation with his servants, they convinced him to go down the river and wash himself. In the end his health was restored and he was healed of his leprosy. Then and only then did Naaman acknowledge Gods true power, mercy, and grace.Naaman was so full of pride and self-will he almost missed out on his blessing because he was not obedient to God’s will and his way.
We often want to do our own thing, on our own time, in our own way. Sometimes we take for granted the very blessings God has showered upon us and leads us to forget him. We are tempted and lead by wealth, and security rather than keeping focus on God who makes it all possible. Think about your own life. Do your blessings make your more thankful, or do you feel more self-sufficient and forgetful of God?
We must always believe and know that God’s way is better than our own. We may not always understand his ways of working but by humbly obeying we will receive his blessings. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust in the in Lord with all our hearts, not to trust our own thinking, and allow God to order our steps.
As we pray and talk with God, ask for him to grant us wisdom, knowledge and understanding. We must be obedient and believe that God is in complete control. He has blessings in store for you and in our continuous obedience we will be open vessels for Christ and he will begin to “overflow” our lives with blessings to the point where we can be a blessing to others.