OBEDIENCE – begins with humility

2 Kings 5:
9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the or of  Elisha’s house. 10 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.” 11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! 12 Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage.
 13 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!’” 14 So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself  seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child’s, and he was healed!
 15 Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God. They stood before him, and Naaman said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.”
Naaman, a great hero, was used to getting respect, and he was outraged when Elisha treated him like an ordinary person.  To wash in a great river would be one thing, but the Jordan was small and dirty.  To wash in the Jordan, Naaman thought, was beneath a man of his position. 
But Naaman had to humble himself and obey Elisha’s commands in order to be healed.
Obedience to God begins with humility.
We must believe that his way is better than our own.  We may not always understand his ways of working, but by humbly obeying, we will receive his blessings. 
We must remember:
1. God’s ways are best.
2. God want’s our obedience more than anything else.
3. God can use anyhting to accomplish his purposes.

Thank you. Be blessed!

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