This morning’s devotional, from Lifetime Guarantee Ministries, challenges us to think about obedience by looking at the story of Naaman. How obedient are you? And exactly what role does obedience play in your relationship with Jesus Christ?
Do you sometimes wonder about your level of obedience? You approach the topic sincerely and very logically: â€œGod loves me unconditionally. I believe that with all my heart. I also believe that there isnâ€™t anything I can do to make Him love me more or anything that I can do to make Him love me less. What part does my obedience play in His plan for my life when I believe in His unconditional love for me?â€ [...]
[For Naaman,] searching the prophet out and telling him the problem was not enough. Hearing the prophet’s instructions was painfulâ€”it hurt his pride to think of doing something so demeaning. Naaman did not believe, but he was desperate. He did not understand the prophet’s remedy, but he was hurting. He merely humbled himself and obeyed, that’s all. He obeyed and that obedience brought healing. His life was reroutedâ€”changed forever!
And you and me? We must allow God to be our Godâ€”we must submit to Him before we can submit to His plan for our life, before we can be all that He has planned for us to be. Obedience paves the way for His wayâ€”the only way. His way may be humiliating, embarrassing, something you would never dream of doing, something that seems absolutely ridiculous to you. But I have the courage to say to you, â€œOh, please! You are here. Why not at least try what the Lord has told you to do?â€
Can you relate to Naaman? Have you ever chosen to obey, even if you weren’t sure you believed? If we’re saved by grace alone, where does obedience fit in?