2 Kings 5:10-11… “And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper” (KJV). Naaman experienced the very opposite of what he thought God might do, and this left him bitter and angry. Have you ever had an experience that was opposite to what you thought God would do? Jeremiah also had one of these “opposites.” In Jeremiah 20:7, Jeremiah says, “Thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived.” Jeremiah preached God’s Word, but the results were not what he expected. The people beat him and threw him into prison. Jeremiah turned on God and blamed God for the outcome. The world blames God daily. It seems that every trouble and disaster that happens is blamed on God. Blaming God is often the results of confused expectations. Jeremiah and Naaman expected certain things to happen, but God allowed a different thing to happen. Both of these men programmed God too rigidly, and when that which they expected did not happen, they were bitter and angry. They were too personally involved in the results. They forgot that the results are always in God’s hands. God is responsible for the results, not you. Blaming God is a sign that your zeal is a little out of control. Sometimes after doing the will of God, back off, cool down, and watch what God is doing. Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Job had a great attitude. He said in Job 5:8-9, “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number.”
Let God be God. He is Lord, not you.
Pastor George Belobaba
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