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!’” 2 Kings 5:13
How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Luke 6:42
Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, but humility goes before honor. Proverbs 18:12
For I was envious of the arrogant as I saw the prosperity of the wicked …. Therefore pride is their necklace; the garment of violence covers them …. They have set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue parades through the earth …. They say, “How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?” Behold, these are the wicked; and always at ease, they have increased in wealth. Psalm 73:3, 6, 9, 11-12
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Why did Naaman’s officers have to reason with him? It wasn’t just pride, it was also a need for power; a need to be in charge and to call the shots. It is very likely that Naaman was used to commanding others routinely and was accustomed to having his way on many levels. He has reached an impasse with his disease – it is beyond him – it will not yield to him – he has no power over it – he must call on another for a cure. You can almost hear the cry of his heart, “Although I am to be cured by another can I not maintain some control and have it be that I am cured in a manner that I see fit?” Perhaps this is why God had the prophet Elisha prescribe the method he did – in order to accomplish the further reshaping Naaman needed in order to become a more yielding person.
The wicked set themselves against God and His ways and many stay that way permanently. They remain unyielding and impervious to the reshaping that God desires for all people. They ignore the ultimate outcome that comes with being ones who remain unyielding. We are ones who have come to God through Christ for salvation and say we want Him to do a work of reshaping us into ones who routinely yield to Him. But are we learning to let go of our need for power; to be in charge and call the shots. If these things are still strongly in the mix of how we relate to God, it essential that we ask Him to reshape us. It will be because we are yielding to His control that we will be able to have relationships with others that are characterized by our ability to yield as well.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, thanks for your faithful work of reshaping my heart and life. Sorry for being such a tough nut to crack in the area of control. I renew my commitment to be a more yielding person in my relationship with you are in my relationships with others. Show me specific ways today that I can forsake control in favor of putting you and others first. Amen!
Posted on Wed, July 26, 2017
by Ken Hart