I Don’t Want It That Way!

When I go to the bank to make a withdrawal, the teller asks me “how do you want it?”  I usually tell them, it doesn’t matter.  And most times is doesn’t.  After all, either way you count it, it’s going to equal up to the amount you withdrew, right?  Some may prefer all $20’s or $50’s and that’s the only way they ever get it.  If you were offered $1,000 in all one hundred dollar bills.  Would you refuse it?  Absolutely not!  If that were the only way to get your money, I’m sure you wouldn’t turn it down.  I believe that this is one of the biggest reasons we miss our blessings; our seasons; our set time…because we think that we have God all figured out.  Like we absolutely know how He’s going to bless us.  Oh, how wrong have we been?!  You can’t figure God out!  He’s too vast!  His knowledge all encompassing.  You never know how God is going to move.  I remember we used to say “Anyway you bless me Lord, I’ll be satisfied.”  But many have missed out because God didn’t use the avenue that they THOUGHT He would use. Let’s take a look at scripture.

In 2 Kings Chapter 5, Naaman, who was an Army commander, had leprosy. His maid suggested that if he could meet the PROPHET of Samaria, that he would heal him of his disease.  Naaman then went to the his king and asked if he could go find this prophet.  The king allowed it.  He sent a letter to the king of Israel. When the king of Israel got that letter, the Prophet Elisha heard about it and then sent for Naaman to come to him.  Elisha sent out a servant to meet him with this message: “Go to the River Jordan and immerse yourself seven times. Your skin will be healed and you’ll be as good as new.”  Naaman lost his temper. He turned on his heel saying, “I thought he’d personally come out and meet me, call on the name of God, wave his hand over the diseased spot, and get rid of the disease. The Damascus rivers, Abana and Pharpar, are cleaner by far than any of the rivers in Israel. Why not bathe in them? I’d at least get clean.” He stomped off, mad as a hornet.

Naaman wanted the healing, but he didn’t want it the way the Prophet instructed.  He wanted it his way!  Listen, when God is going to do something for you, He does it!  He doesn’t need a show.  Naaman wanted a big prophetic production and God, nor the prophet, was going that route.  Don’t you dare get an attitude with God because He didn’t do it “your way.” We’ve got to grow up and stop throwing tantrums!  We want the prophecy.  We want the car, the house, the money, but we don’t want to do what it takes to get it…or maintain it!  Often times, God’s ways are unconventional. And we have to adapt to HIS ways, not Him adapt to ours.  You don’t get to tell the prophet HOW to prophesy to you. It’s your job to receive the prophecy and to WORK to get what was prophesied.  If you have to “dip in the Jordan” to get blessed, get to dipping!  THIS is the attitude that displays, “ANYWAY YOU BLESS ME, I’LL BE SATISFIED!”  Don’t frustrate the grace of God by saying “I want to be blessed, but I don’t want it ‘this’ way.” 

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