“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.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Kings 4-5, Psalm 83, and 1 Timothy 2.
Talk about having an incorrect preconceived notion!
Naaman preplanned how God would work. What could go wrong with that arrangement? Everything!
We do not know what God will do. We do not know how God will do things. Naaman realized neither of this.
I think of the situation with Paul in the New Testament. One time he is imprisoned, and his prayers lead to a remarkable escape. In another place, less preached about, Paul is kept under house arrest for two years. In both cases, prayers are being offered. God chooses to work differently.
My frequent mistake is telling God what needs to be taken care of. Why is this folly? God already knows everything, including what I’m telling Him about. God knows my situation and He knows the best solution. His solution may be exactly what I wanted it to be. But I make the “Naaman” mistake when I preconceive what God should/will do. I need to trust that He knows best. I need to trust that He has my very best interests in mind. His Way is the best way.
“Lord, forgive me for bossing You around. It is folly of the highest order on my part. Thank You for Your omnipresence. You are on the scene. Help me to live/pray accordingly.”
Do you “boss” God around? Learn from Naaman.