Powered by 4 - December 9, 2015


Our Terms

Today's reading: 2 Kings 6:24-33

Despite prior defeats and God thwarting their plans, the king of Syria is determined to overcome and control Israel. So as we finish out 2 Kings 6, the Syrian army has surrounded and cut off the city of Samaria. The city is in extreme distress, suffering from a severe famine. The people are desperate and want relief which the king can’t provide. In frustration and anger, the king turns on Elisha, calling for his life blaming God for the terrible circumstances. ("The [king's] messenger came down to him and said, 'This trouble is from the LORD! Why should I wait for the LORD any longer?'" vs. 33).

What a picture of the self-centered thinking that comes so naturally to us and can fill our minds so easily if we're not diligent about submitting our will to God. Have you ever noticed how we want God to operate on our terms? We're happy to receive His help while we pursue our plan, but then when something happens contrary to that plan, we get angry with God, and more often than not, refuse to recognize how our actions and attitudes have contributed to our current situation.

How do you interact with, and respond to, God when life isn't following your preferred game plan? What helps you get and keep a mindset of being submitted to God's plan for you and your family? Tami

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