Luke 5:1-26; Ezekiel 48; Isaiah 66
Some people are very demanding. Have you noticed that? Usually it’s “other” people that are so demanding. We notice “them” when we are out shopping, or working at our jobs. Their desires seem to be so important to them that they don’t bother to think of anyone else. Jesus had that problem. People stopped Him as they saw Him to demand healing. They mobbed Him where He stayed or they mobbed Him in the streets seeking healing. Perhaps it was a nice change of pace when someone approached Him without demanding to be healed. “And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’” (Luke 5:12) Sure, he begged for his healing, but He also did it in a show of humility. He didn’t demand Jesus respond to him. He just said, “if You want to, you can.” Faith without demands. Faith with humility. The leper didn’t demand Jesus heal him just because He could. We could learn a lot from a leper. We need to approach God with more humility. We need to seek Him not to deal with our demands; we must seek Him to find His desires. His will is always greater than our demand. The old saying is that we should be careful what we pray for because we may get it. If we are always demanding what we want from God instead of seeking His will, we may not get the best. Instead of demanding from God, let’s spend next year seeking Him and developing our relationship with Him. Then we will more likely know His will and be able to do it.
Lord, so often I come to You in arrogance seeking my own desires. As I prepare for this next year, let me seek You and develop my relationship with You. Let me know You so well that I know Your will for me and do it in obedience.