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Preconceptions Hinder Obedience.
Preconceptions Hinder Obedience. One of the most interesting stories in
the Bible is in 2 Kings Chapter 5. It vividly
illustrates how our preconceptions prevent
us from hearing and obeying God's voice.
Naaman Almost Misses A Blessing.
Naaman was a Syrian general whose
Israeli housemaid was a captive from war.
Naaman had the incurable disease of leprosy. His maid told him about a prophet in
Israel named Elisha who had power from
God to heal people.
Through diplomatic channels, Naaman
contacted the king of Israel and made arrangements to visit Elisha. When Naaman
arrived at Elisha's modest home, the
prophet sent out his servant to tell General
Naaman what God said he must do. "Go
wash in the Jordan River seven times, and
you will be healed, of every trace of your
leprosy "(vs 10).
Naaman was apgry and stalked away.
"Look!" he said, "I thought the prophet
would have the common courtesy to come out and see me. I thought he would call
on the Name of the Lord his God, and wave
his mantle over the leprosy and I would be
healed." (Note his preconception of how
he would be healed.)
"If it's rivers I need —I'll go back to
Syria to wash in the crystal waters of Abana River or Pharpar River — not down
in that muddy Jordan River." With that he
left in a rage.
One of his servants pled with him. "Sir!
If the prophet had asked you to do some
great or difficult thing you would have. So
why don't you obey (key word) when he
has asked you to just go wash and be
Finally persuaded, Naaman went down
to the Jordan River and dipped seven times
as the prophet had told him. When he
obeyed, his flesh became as healthy as a
little child's. Naaman was completely
Naaman almost missed receiving the
blessing he sought. Why? Because of a
preconceived idea of how God would heal
him. His preconception and pride prevented his obedience.
You see, a preconception is rooted in
pride. It is in effect a statement that "I
know everything. I can conceive things
before they happen — as they will happen" (a deific quality).
When things do not happen as we preconceive they will — it undermines our
deific (pride-filled) image of ourselves,
and we, like Naaman, stalk away angry and resentful because God didn't conform
to our preconception of how He would do it. 2) God's Pattern For Your Life. Our
theology (a preconception about God) often comes into conflict with the Spirit's
guidance in our life — and when it does, we face the grave danger of missing the
will of God.
Do not let your traditions keep you
from doing what God says. Hear and' obey the voice of God. Some will despise,
oppose and criticize you. Others will doubt and assail you. Your pride will
suffer. But whatever! Do the will of God!