VICTIMS OF DANGEROUS OPTIMISM(2)
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*VICTIMS OF DANGEROUS OPTIMISM (2)*
2 Kgs 5:12-14
*Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.*
*And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?*
*Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Though, *".....Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus,..."* were all better than the waters of Israel, they were mere illusions not the channels of the supernatural.
To Naaman, some notable rivers were better than Jordan but to God, they were ineffective to deliver deliverance to him.
King Saul's presumptuous sacrifice at Gigal was meant, from his own view, to calm the people but it was a wrong move as far as God was concerned, I Sam 13: 11-13.
While it is good to use our discretion, Prov 19:11, it is good to reserve what is acceptable to God in making decisions.
To leave God out is to enter into evil.
God is willing to secure His people from evil, Matt 6:13.
He is willing to hear when we pray, 2 Chro 7:14. When we are yet praying, He is willing to hear, Is 65:24.
So, if we will stop deceiving ourselves saying all is well when it is not well, we will continue to be at risk of falling victim to dangers that appear safe.
There are too many things that are beyond us but are within our reach through God.
There are evils we could have averted if only we had prayed.
Remember, the only antidote to falling into evil is the presence of God made manifest in our lives.
Though it may appear optimistic, but have you checked with God?
If only we could pray, our eyes will be opened to see into the spiritual realm.
*Call to Word action.*
2 Kgs 6:17 *And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.*
*The Christian clarion duty*.
Proverbs 12:15 *The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.*
Lord, help me not be right in my own eyes but in Your own eyes. Lead me and let Your eyes guide me, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and be blessed as you come into His presence today.
God bless you.