‘…He was…a mighty man…but a leper…’ 2 Kings 5:1 NKJV
When God gives you an answer, don’t argue and don’t rationalise. Just do what He tells you-and you’ll come up clean. Naaman’s pride almost cost him his life. When he left Elisha’s house he was angry because Elisha hadn’t come out to speak with him personally. Instead he sent ‘a messenger’ out to tell him to go dip seven times in the muddy Jordan River. ‘Aren’t there cleaner rivers?’ Naaman asked, feeling insulted. At this point Naaman’s servants said, ‘If the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, "Wash, and be clean"?’ (2 Kings 5:13 NKJV) Today God is asking you the same question. Wouldn’t it be worth humbling yourself to come up clean? To confess your sin, share your story and ask for help? Wouldn’t it be worth risking the disapproval of those who don’t matter because they’re not part of God’s plan for your life anyway? Don’t let your reputation get in the way of your solution. Don’t let the devil entice you to other rivers which have no power to save. All you need is the kind of faith that involves looking foolish for a while: the kind that keeps you dependent on God when it looks like everybody else is doing better than you. Go ahead, dip in the river of God’s grace and keep dipping! Though you’ve been insulted, though your feelings are hurt, though the process doesn’t seem to make sense, though you’ve reached the end of your rope and you want to quit, keep dipping. Act on the Word God has given you! Miracles are for the obedient, not the wishful.
SoulFood: 1 Sam 5:1-6:16, Rev 11:15-19