Monday, April 21, 2014

2 Kings 5-6

We read more about Elisha, the prophet in 2 Kings 5-6.  He has a hand in healing Naaman's leprosy, makes an ax float, and traps the Arameans when they fight against Israel.  Elisha is busy working for God, and things that are beyond our normal explanation are happening wherever he goes.

When I read the Bible, I see bits of myself in some of the people I meet.  That happened to me today as I was reading about Naaman.  Naaman goes to Elisha, the man of God, to be healed from leprosy.  He takes the leap of faith to seek Elisha's advice, but when Elisha tells him what he needs to do next, Naaman stumbles because the advice isn't what he expects.

10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”
11 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.

Naaman almost missed a life-saving miracle because the road or path to the miracle wasn't full of the steps he anticipated or imagined for himself.

This is such an important reminder for me to get out of the my own way with my expectations so that God has room to work HIS miracles in my life for HIS glory.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for Your guidance in my life.  Forgive me when I let my own expectations and limitations get in the way of Your bigger plans for my life.

Lord, continue to speak to my heart and direct my steps.  I pray that You will help me let go of all the expectations that distract me from following You.  I don't want to miss the ways Your power and presence can change me and the world for the better.  

I trust You, Lord, with all my heart.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

In Christ's love,
*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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