Children's Devotional on living by God's standards
This sounds like a strange thing for God to tell
someone to do. Why couldn't Elisha just pray and
ask God to heal Him? Why did he need to go down
to the Jordan and dip seven times in it? Could it
be that God wanted to do much more in Naaman's
life than just heal his leprosy? Naaman may have
felt embarrassed to do that – especially dipping
in the dirty Jordan River.
God always has a reason for speaking to us the
way He does. He knows what's in the heart. His
ways are much higher than ours. Our natural selves
say one thing, but God says another, like love
your enemies, bless those who persecute you, turn
the other cheek etc…It often goes against what we
would naturally do.
We often find ourselves in situations where we need
to react against what we feel in the natural to do.
And that can be really hard. So often we go along
with how we feel, not with what God says to do in
His word. We need God's help daily, so we can do
what He says and not what we feel.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways," says the Lord.
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55: 8-9 (NKJV)
Help me, Lord, to respond
The way you ask me to,
Even though it may seem strange,
Help me be obedient to you.
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