Why do we RESIST God?
I am reading through Naaman’s account in 2 Kings 5. Naaman is frustrated because he has this awful disease. He is hoping that God might heal him. Of course he also wanted to hear directly from God. But God, chooses to send the potential gift of healing through a messenger.
Naaman had expectations and failed to keep his eye on the real need and instead focused more on “how” he wanted to see it come to realization. He either expected God’s abra-cadabra or something a bit complicated. He certainly was not looking for a ‘trivial’ request to go dip yourself 7 times in foreign water.
And then there is the wisdom of one of Naaman’s officers. He says, “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!'”
Often times God’s message is far more simple than we expect. It equally often comes through a human messenger. Are we open to hear from God through the people God has placed in our lives? Are our eyes open? When we hear and see the hand and direction of the Lord, will we be ready to obey?
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I am a visionary architect who is passionate about seeing dreams realized and implemented so that together we can better our world physically and spiritually. I get excited about leadership development and seeing the church multiplied as people embrace their creative side and breathe life and hope into their world. There is nothing that motivates me more than serving the young, the lost, the poor and the elderly.
I have been serving the Lord full-time for over 35 years. I consider myself a ‘life coach.’ For many years I was on the playing pitch. My role today is to train and invest in the next wave of ‘players’ who are serious about winning. My team runs to ‘win’…to win the prize of knowing that we embraced the high calling of God. To serve him with all that we have and give him all the glory.
I have been privileged to serve God as a youth pastor, school administrator, church planter, lead pastor, mission director, business owner, crisis and catastrophe director and college professor. That God chooses to use me to direct our amazing team blows me away. I love my job!
thanks for your thoughts on this passage, they were helpful to me today.