Bending Low before God and People - Our Struggle to Yield - Monday, July 24th
The king of Aram had great admiration for Naaman, the commander of his army, because through him the Lord had given Aram great victories. But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy. At this time Aramean raiders had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a young girl who had been given to Naaman’s wife as a maid. One day the girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy” …. So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. 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.” 2 Kings 5:1-3, 9-10
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion. Psalm 103:1-4
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The main Scripture passage for this week’s Devotionals looks at the Divine solution to Naaman’s need for physical healing and his response to that solution. The Psalm above reveals to us the orientation (heart, mind, and body) that David had before God that made him a ready beneficiary of God’s solutions to all manner of life issues. David and Naaman stand in contrast to each other which becomes evident later when our story reveals Naaman’s initial struggle to yield himself to the Divine solution offered above. It is this initial struggle that forms the basis for this week’s considerations. It is the struggle to yield to anything that comes to us from outside ourselves and does not originate with us. It is a struggle that all humanity shares with Naaman and it comes into play both in our relationship with God and with the people in our lives.
The need for yielding in our relationships with other people is illustrated for us in the following story: “Two mountain goats met each other on a narrow ledge just wide enough for only one of the animals to pass safely. On one side was a cliff with a long drop to the bottom. On the other side was a steep wall. There was no way for them to squeeze past each other. If they acted like many people do, each one would have stood there refusing to move until the other gave way. Eventually they would have butted heads until they both plunged over the edge. But that’s not what happened. These two goats had more sense than that. One of them lay down on the trail and let the other literally walk over him. And then both were able to continue safely.”
The focus of this week’s Devotionals is that of providing insight and help for our becoming ones who seek to “yield” to God rather than “rule” our own lives and seek to “yield” rather than “rule” in our relationships with the people in our lives.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I am so prone to ruling my own life. I struggle with yielding to you and it carries over into my relationships with others. I need your insight and help, Lord, so I can genuinely change. I want to be more like David in his dependence than like Naaman in his self-sufficiency. Amen!
Posted on Mon, July 24, 2017
by Ken Hart