Break the Box
What box have you prepared for the Lord? You know, the package that you have
pre-determined in your mind in which He is going to fill with the answers to your prayers?
Oh, it's just me who does that. ; )
A gentleman named Naaman had a box prepared, as well. He was commander of the Syrian army - described as great, honorable, and a mighty man of valor. However, he was a leper.
We know the story, how the young girl who had been taken captive from Israel encouraged him to go to the prophet in Samaria and be healed. (There must have been great desperation in his heart to humble himself to the point of going to a prophet in enemy territory for help.)
What stands out to me this morning is his box. His pre-determined package that he had prepared in which to receive his miracle.
Elisha, the man of God, had given specific instructions through a messenger for Naaman to go and wash in the Jordan River seven times. Sidebar - please note that Elisha didn't even go to the door and tell him this himself. He wasn't trying to get the glory of performing a miracle. He was being a man of God - a man representing God and not himself.
Back to the box. Naaman had an expectation of how his miracle was going to happen, and this wasn't it.
"Indeed, I said to myself, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.' Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?"
He almost missed his miracle. He almost allowed his own defined expectations to limit what God could do in his life. I challenge you to look around in your heart and find the boxes you have offered to the Lord to fill with answers. Have you set in your mind how the answer is going to happen, to the point that you will miss what He wants to do...just because it isn't the way you expected?
Let's allow our expectation to be in Him alone, rather than in what we want Him to do. His ways are higher, and there is no way they will fit into my box.
Father, Your way is perfect. I want to have a humble and obedient heart that surrenders to Your way of doing things. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Kings 5:1-19, Isaiah 55:8-9