Begrudging Compliance

“So the man of God was angry with him and said, ‘You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have destroyed it.  But now you shall strike Aram only three times.’ ” (2 Kings 13:19)

When the king of Israel asked Elisha to help him defeat Syria.  God, through Elisha, commanded him to shoot arrows at the ground.  The king obeyed, but not whole-heartedly.  He should have emptied the quiver, but instead, he fired a scant three times.

It is a good reminder that half-hearted obedience is just another form of disobedience.  When we begrudgingly comply with God’s commands, we reveal our true hearts.  Grumbling obedience from children is disciplined, we should expect no different from our Father.

When we give, we should be cheerful about it.  When we serve, we should do so with our whole strength.  When we follow, it should be with eyes forward and without turning back.  Let us throw our whole hearts into His ways.

Matthew 4:4 #Biblebites

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