Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 2 Kings 5:13-14 (NIV)
Would you like me to bless your life? What kind of question is that? Of course, I want you to bless my life. Who wouldn’t want you to bless their lives? You would be surprised. Do you believe that I want to bless your life? Do you know that it brings me great joy to be able to bless your life? I believe that you want to bless my life. I know that it brings you great joy to bless my life. That’s good. I do have a question. Go ahead, ask me, I’m listening. Is there something that could prevent you from blessing my life? Why do you ask that? You used the phrase, “be able to bless” my life. That seems to imply that something could make my life unable to be blessed by you. You have asked a very good question. I will ask you a few questions. Have I ever given you instructions? Have I ever guided you to go somewhere for me? Have I ever given you something to do for me? Yes, you have guided me to go somewhere to do something for you. This is not a rare occasion. Have you always followed me to where I have guided you? Have you always done what I asked of you? No, not always. There are many times that I failed to go where you guided me to do what you asked of me. That’s not good. No, it’s not.
Has your life been blessed by me when you have gone where I have guided you, to do what I have asked of you? Yes definitely. How so? In any number of ways. Name a few. As I have gone and done your will, you have worked in, with, for and through my life. As I have followed and obeyed you, I have borne fruit for your kingdom and brought glory to your name. You have brought healing and hope into my life as I have followed your instructions. As I have done what you have asked of me, you have guarded my life. You have restored my soul. You have healed my life. You have grown my faith. You have changed my heart, transformed my mind and guided my life. You have richly blessed me with many good gifts as I have followed and obeyed you. Yes, that is very true.
Have you experienced the same blessing on your life when you have not followed and obeyed me? No, I have not. Following my own way and doing my own thing has brought me into trouble and given me great difficulty. Not listening to you has brought the world’s harm rather than your help into my life. That’s true. So what will you do? I will follow your instructions. That will be very good.
Lord, I will tell you now in advance that I will follow and obey you. I will listen carefully to your instructions. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. Use my life to fulfill your purposes and accomplish your plans. Help me to bring glory to you. Amen
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