Throw A Way The Recipe Book, Evans Olang

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2Kings 5:1-14, vs. 1, “Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper”.

I am amazed by how God works, His ways are not our ways and His plans are not our plans. He is the God of the impossibilities. We know He will do it because He has said it in His word, yet often times we do not know how He will do it. We tend to work well with recipes because if we stick to a recipe, we can tell what the result will be. Often times we bring this also in our Christian life as we feel God has a recipe of doing things. It’s like He has set a method A,B,C of how to get it done. God is not a respecter of methods and that is why with God there is no recipe. All you need to know is that it will be done, let the way it’s done left for Him to execute. Another thing, God is no respecter of persons, He can bless anyone including sinners why Matthew 5:45, “… for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”

Those who validates God’s ability by a recipe are those who lack understanding that He is unlimited God. How often did you know God was going to come, you thought He will come through the door only to see Him come through the roof?, that is God who does not use recipes. Naaman was a commander, there is no indication that he was a just man because in the later verses of the same chapter, he gets to know the true God. Reading the first line, he was honorable in the eyes of his master because the Lord had given him victory in the battle field. You can tell the rain rained also on the unjust. He was a respected man, had servants, honored, successful but had leprosy. Being told that there was a prophet in Israel who could cure him of this disease, led him to seek help but from the wrong person, the king of Israel. To further complicate things, he came with his own recipe of what he believed God will or should do to heal him. After all he wanted to maintain his status, and deal with certain ranks of people.

Well the king of Israel could not heal him and the prophet who was to heal him did not even meet him though he had what people would consider success. At least we know the prophet was not also a respecter of persons but principles. Naaman was asked to go and dip himself in the river Jordan seven times and he would be cured. Why didn’t God heal him instantly while he was still in his land or respecting his status? Simple God did not have a recipe for this man. And so are we, God can use someone who we don’t even get a long with to bless us, a job that has turned out to be a frustration, something that did not seam like a good thing God could use. He can use the least expected, the least likely, the stones that the builders rejected. If we have a recipe, then the recipe becomes God for we will be out to dictate God on what He should and shouldn’t do. We might be tempted to tell Him of a step on the recipe He might have missed. So don’t keep your eye on one thing He used before thinking that is what He will always use. Namaan had an end result of what he desired but not by the method he had in mind.

Jesus healed two blind men in differently, one he spat on the ground, anointed his eyes and told him to go and wash, the other he spoke to. Same results, different methods. When are you going to stop creating recipes from what the Lord did last time and trust Him to do a new thing? Hasn’t His word said, “Behold I am doing a new thing?”. If we can know the end result, let the method be left in His hands. Throw away your recipe book, watch, pray, have faith because He is doing something new that is not on any recipe book. Blessings Evans

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