But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.” 2 Kings 5:11
Every person has an idea on how something should be done. The method that they think that something should be done is based off of past experience, what they have seen in the past, or preconceived ideas as to how it should happen.
Having these ideas are not necessarily good or bad ideas, but may not always be the best idea on how things should occur. Often the person does not have the bigger, longer term picture in mind.
Naaman was the head commander of the army for the king of Aram. He had developed leprosy and sought to be cured. He had went to Elisha to be cured by God. Elisha told him to go and dip seven times in the muddy waters of the Jordan River. Naaman was very angry. He wanted Elisha to call on God and do some miraculous sudden healing. Elisha was just doing what God had showed him to do.
It is very common for believers to have a preconceived idea on how God should do something or have them do something. When God does it differently or points them in a different direction, many get upset. They cannot understand how God would do it the way He did.
God has His own reasons for choosing the path that He does for each believer. He sees the grand picture from beginning to end and knows what is best for each individual and the group as a whole. He is able to do great things through very simple methods or very complex and grand methods. Either way the work is done.
There will be times God will work in your life in ways that are not ‘normal’. Do not be alarmed, but know that God is doing what is best in your life. God is bigger than you or anyone in this world. He knows what is best.
Be willing to step forward in the method God has set before you, trusting His Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life. Do not allow yourself to get angry or disappointed because God did not do it your way. It is not about you, but God, and God is about taking care of you in the best way.
Today I pray that you will accept God’s path for your life; that you will trust God’s methods in your life; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that God will do great things in and through you.
So Moses cried out to the LORD, “Please, God, heal her!” Numbers 12:13
Humility is something that is not seen a lot in this world. People often think that they are the best. It is found in individuals, groups and even nations. Everything is about self and being seen as the best, regardless of others. Every one likes to take pride in himself. Children are always told to take pride in themselves, in who they are and what they do.
Along with that being rare, is grace. Grace is not seen a lot among most people. Grace is not giving someone what they deserve when it comes to punishment. Most people are very quick to dole out punishment or correction upon someone else when that other person does wrong.
Mariam and Aaron had been complaining against Moses. They wanted to know why Moses thought that God only spoke to them through him and they challenged his authority.
When God heard this, He immediately questioned them and pointed out that Moses was the most humble man on the earth. God, then, strikes Mariam with a skin disease.
When Moses saw this, he could have been like most people and state that she only got what she deserved. He could have stated that it was God’s doing, not his. Yet, he did not do that. He immediately cried out to God to heal her, pleading with Him for her life. This shows great humility and grace.
Even in the church, many people are quick to ‘throw the book’ at a person who has made a mistake. They want the person locked up and the key thrown away. They are fast to say that the person only got what he deserved and that it was God’s punishment for doing wrong.
Humility and grace will plead with God for healing and restoration, not destruction and punishment.
At some point someone will do something wrong against you. You will see that person fall into a difficult time, whether by his own doing, or by God’s hand. At that point you will have a choice to make, will you plead for the person before God? Or will you pick up a stone and throw it at the person?
Jesus did not go around condemning, but was full of grace. He had grace upon you, when He saved you. Will you have grace upon others who have messed something up?
I pray today that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will know the humility of Jesus in your life; that you will show God’s grace to others; that you will plead for others before God; and that you will be known as humble in God.