November 21, 2014

Worship Where and How You Can

Jordan River (from Wikipedia)
Naaman, a commander of the Syrian army, asked Elisha the prophet to heal him of leprosy. Naaman followed Elisha's instructions to wash seven times in the River Jordan and he was healed. He believed in Jehovah, but Naaman didn't have the ability to worship with other saints. In fact, Naaman would have to worship the Syrian idol Rimmon when he returned home. The king of Syria required it. Would God forgive Naaman for worshiping false idols?

Naaman begged,"When I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon thy servant [me] in this thing" (2 Kings 5:18). He feared that he would be breaking a commandment, but he had no choice to bow down to other gods. The prophet Elisha told him, "Go in peace." God knew that Naaman worshiped Him despite having to worship another. Naaman also brought soil from Israel home with him that he would worship on.

Many of us find situations where we aren't able to worship how or where we would choose to. God knows our situations and accepts our devotions. In the midst of other worship, we can spiritually worship God how we choose. No one can stop what's in our hearts and God the knows the heart.

Most religions have elements of truth in them, and we seek that truth within that belief system. I see truth and characteristics of God in most religions. Most of us worship the same God, but in different ways. Some pagan gods have been twisted from the reality of the true and living God, but still have elements of Him.

We can find and worship God in no matter what situation we may be in. He knows our hearts and will guide as to truth on our journey back to Him.