Obedience Is the Key

John 9 tells the story of a man who was blind from birth. Jesus used the healing of this man to teach the disciples (and us) a great lesson. And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. (John 9:7)

II Kings 5 tells the story of Naaman, the leper, and his miraculous healing. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt 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. (I Kings 5: 10, 14)

Luke 17 tells the story of the ten lepers who asked Jesus for healing as He passed by their way. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. (Luke 17:14)

Do you see a trend (besides the obvious thread of healing) in these three passages? Please notice that in all three instances, the men were not healed until they obeyed the command of the Lord. What would have happened if these men had not followed God's instructions? I believe they wouldn't have been healed. Obedience is the key to great blessings.

If we are going to ask God for healing, we must be willing to follow any orders He gives us. Even if the command seems strange, we must be willing to obey. I just wanted to leave you with that quick thought today.