August 30, 2017
Read: 2 Kings 5
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Scripture- 2 Kings 5:11-12- But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage.
Observations- Namaan was desperate to be healed from his leprosy, but not desperate enough to immediately do the simple thing he was told to do by Elisha. Namaan's pride rose up within him- he wanted some glorious, overpowering experience to remove his disease, not something so common as getting into the Jordan River.
Application- How often do we expect God to act in a particular over-the-top and amazing way that we miss out on the small, yet absolutely crucial thing God is up to in our lives? Sometimes small things can be life changing, too, for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. How can you practice the presence of God in your life today- without demanding God do some big thing to grab your attention?
Prayer- Lord, You are in simple acts of grace everyday, but we need to be able to look- really look- to see the way You are at work all around us. How often do we miss the mercy, grace, and love You send our way, because we weren't paying attention in the right ways, O God? Help us be humble enough to be open to ways You want to show up and show off in our lives, in Jesus' name. Amen.
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9),