Today, we are looking at our obligation as Christians to obey strictly the divine and spiritual instructions.
Main Text: 2 Kings 4:1-7
Watchword: ” …To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22b (NIV)
The Widow had financial issues and she cried out to Prophet Elisha for help. The Prophet asked her what she had at home and all she had was a jar of oil, common household item with little value.
Elisha instructed her to lend containers from her neighbors. I wonder why she didn’t borrow from the whole community!
The second part of the instruction was that she should keep pouring oil in the jar into the containers until there is no empty container left.
This widow did not question Elisha’s sanity, instead she obeyed and did exactly as he said; and truly, the jar of oil did not stop flowing until all the containers were filled and there was none left.
Many of us have become logical Christians and we question God over every instruction He gives us.
One of our obligations as believers is total obedience to his word. This is a major requirement in our walk with God.
The Story of Naaman
Naaman was a captain of the army of the king of Aram, and he was a great man with his master, and highly respected, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper.
And leprosy was like a curse. He had a little maid who told him he could get healed if he could meet with Elisha the prophet.
He visited Elisha who didn’t come out to meet him but sent his servant Gehazi to instruct him that he would have to bath in the Jordan River seven times.
Naaman was furious. First at Elisha’s show of disrespect for his political office, second at the mere thought of bathing in Jordan River when there were much better rivers in his country. But he later obeyed and was healed.
Many Christians today have lost many opportunities for breakthrough because the process bruised their ego. But God is always on the lookout for the weak, poor, unclean, imperfect… for the one who will follow every word of spiritual instructions, to turn their stories around, to glorify Himself.
As believers, obedience is key. Try as much as possible to overlook the process. Instead let your focus be on the results. The process may be substandard, but the results will be divine.
Confession: Lord, I will go through every process you want me to go through obediently.
Lord, I confess today that I will always obey you without questions.
Prayer: Father, I receive grace to be more obedient without questions in Jesus name. Amen.
Father, I receive forgiveness from you in every area I have been partly obedient to you. Amen.
Additional Reading: John 2:1-11; 1 Samuel 15:1-35
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