So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 2 Kings 5:14 NKJV
The commander of the Syrian army suffered from leprosy. He earned the favor of God and king. A servant told him there was a prophet in Israel who could heal him.
The commander traveled to the home of Elisha. The prophet told him, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”
The commander went away in a rage. He was convinced to return and do as the prophet said. He obeyed even though he did not understand. And he was instantly healed.
The leader of a powerful army took advice from a slave girl. He traveled to a nation his people looked down on with contempt. He asked for help from the prophet of an unknown God. It was his pride that angered him. He returned in humility.
God asks us to do things we do not understand. Our feelings and emotions contradict the commands of God. We must override our feelings and emotions. We must obey God!
We live in a world with rapidly changing values and morals. The Word of God never changes. Jesus is the same yesterday today and tomorrow. His righteous standards never change. His love never fails!
God gave us our feelings and emotions. He did not tell us to make decisions based on them. Our feelings and emotions constantly change. We cannot make rational decisions based on them. We must learn to make our decisions based on the commands of God!
Leprosy is symbolic of sin. Sin destroys lives. With our finite minds and limited our understanding we cannot always determine which things are sinful and which are not. God provides a clear definition of sin. It is found in the bible.
God is calling us to walk by faith and not by sight. He is calling us to obey His righteous commands even when we do not understand them.
Pride is the sin that led Satan to lead a rebellion against God. It is a sin that so easily besets us. It brings division into the Body of Christ. It brings calamity into our lives!
Jesus wants us to walk humbly and uprightly today. He wants us to obey the Word of God today.
When Jesus tells us to do something it is for good and not for evil. He would never deprive us of any good thing.
If you obey God’s commands He will bring healing and restoration into your life!
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