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Your Own Alternatives
by Olawale Ogunsola
11/21/2014 / Devotionals
"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.
Any one with a sound mind thinks of ways to handle every issue that arises in his life. You are one of them! Given any challenge now, no matter what happens, you will go to "workshop" to fashion out a solution. Like any other person, it is possible that you do not contact your Maker first. It is when you have come to your wit's end that you turn to Him.
Do you know what? This ought not to be so!
It is also common practice that you go to the Owner of the Universe with a catalog of your thoughts and solutions for God to "stamp" it for you. Any alterations may not go well with you. Don't allow this to prolong the lifespan of your probems.
God's ways and thoughts are always better.
Let us briefly examine the experience of a great man of war whose name was Naaman who had a serious plague.
This war veteran was the head of ancient Syrian army; he had captured great nations for his country. A victor anywhere and anytime but he was a leper.
This man was introduced to Prophet Elisha in Israel by a female captive who served his wife. His hope of healing was raised and he went to visit him with his own list of steps the man of God must take to heal him. In his thoughts, the procedures should be:
* the Prophet would come out;
* stand before him, not before God;
* call on the name of his God;
* strike his hand over the place;
* recover the leprosy;
* he had better rivers in Syria where he could wash in and recover. Do you ask why has he not done this before? I also do;
* a gift for the Prophet after healing.
Contrary to Naaman's thoughts and ways,
* a messenger was sent to him;
* an instruction was given to "Go and wash!" ;
* Jordan was the river not Abana or any Damascus river;
* he must wash seven times to receive the desired healing;
* the time was not ideal for the Prophet and his team to accept gifts.
What was the outcome?
After his officers had persuaded him to go in the way of the Lord,
"So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him.
And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child's and he was healed!"
That was how his leprosy became history forever!
Beloved, do you have any problem you want solved? Your catalog of ways, thoughts and alternatives may all turn out to be "a fluke". They may not carry you anywhere. Therefore, do not strain your brain or overtax your heart; seek God's thoughts and ways and you will be amazed at the outcome. It will surely be far better than you have or can ever imagine.
However, you must go to a man of God to know these, if you are not one of His own people. This was Naaman's status but after healing, he believed there was no God anywhere except in Israel.
If you are already one of His people, meet your God in person to know His heart about your situation.
Stay bkessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.
All Scriptures are from New King James Version.
2 Kings 5: 1-19.
The Author is the set man of CTFM(WORLD OUTREACH)and Presiding Pastor of Christ Restland Gospel Church.He is a Poet and author of many books. Visit his blogsites www.4thlink.wordpress.com and www.peacelink.wordpress.com for more quality contents.
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