I wanted people to like me so bad. So many times, I’d do or say whatever it would take to get people to laugh and think I was funny. It didn’t matter if I hurt someone’s feelings, I just wanted to make others like me. It’s easy to crave validation from others.
There was a guy like that in the Bible. His name was Naaman. (You can read the full account in 2 Kings 5)
But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. – 2 Kings 5:11 (NIV)
Naaman wanted to be treated special. He was looking for validation from people, rather than looking to God for His answer. You can see this when he went to the king for help rather than to the prophet of God.
God wasn’t interested in what Naaman could do or what He’d done. God wanted His heart. He wanted Naaman to love Him and to humble himself. Once Naaman did that, He got the healing He was looking for.
The same can be true for us too. We can want to look to people for approval and validation. However, what we should be doing is humbling ourselves and looking to God. God is the one who will give us our value and who approves us. His approval is the one that should matter to us!