The “I” Will (2 Kings 5-8)

After Naaman had traveled some distance, Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, “My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought.  As surely as the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him.” (2 Kings 5:19b-20)

The “I” will says, this is about me.  Regardless of what’s good and right, the “I” will pursues its own gain and considers very little where such selfishness fits within the will of God.  Rather than living in submission to God, the “I” will seeks only what it wants – regardless of the cost.

Those with an “I” will set themselves in direct opposition to God because they are never willing to submit to Him.  Believing that it has all of the knowledge it needs, the “I” will lacks humility and sees itself in a very unrealistic light.  If you have an “I” will, then you must beware of the consequences that are surely headed toward you.

Gehazi had an “I” will, and it cost him and his family dearly as they were cursed with leprosy because of his unwillingness to seek out God’s will.

The solution to an “I” will is simple: ask God to give you direction.  Charles Stanley once said that God takes full responsibility for the life wholly submitted to Him.  When you submit your will to His, God graciously leads your life in a way that’s pleasing to Him and that affords maximum freedom to you.  When you refuse to submit your life to God, then the outcomes of your choices aren’t His responsibility.  It’s always best to give up your “I” will and submit to His will.

God, it’s so easy to want to have my own way in life.  When I do that, though, I fail to submit to what You desire for me.  Give me the courage to submit myself to You and to trust You for the outcome.  Keep me from thinking that I know what’s best, and instead, let me rely on You.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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