This week has been a really good one. I started it off with a Bible study on Monday at 6am (Perkins Restaurant) -getting up was a little tough, but I made it. The study is on the book of John, but the leader shared a story from 2 Kings about Naaman. It is a story about Naaman who has Leprosy and is asking King Aram if he can go to Samaria to be healed. The part of the story that I picked up on was what was asked of Naaman to be healed. It required a simple act of obedience:
Naaman Healed of Leprosy:
2 Kings: 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.”
When you read the whole story – Naaman really questions the task he was given for healing.
- He did not like it that Elisha did not come to see him and that he sent a servant.
- He thought the task would be much harder for him to be healed.
- The Jordan was dirty – he thought there could be a cleaner place to wash.
The obedience that was required of Naaman to be healed was really simple and when he was finally obedient, he was healed.
So I questioned myself about how many times Christ has asked me to do something extremely simple but I was like Naaman and balked at doing it. I have to admit, I am allot like Naaman at times and I look for the difficult tasks to perform instead of doing the simple ones that make a BIG difference. The Obedience that Christ requires from us is simple – we just need to Obey.
One of the areas that I am looking at getting involved in has be thinking about how simple it is to be Obedient. “Be Humble, Pray and turn to God”. It comes from this verse:
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Prayer is a really big part of how we as a Nation can be united and it is one of the simplest tasks that is required of us to be Obedient. Talking to Jesus. When you look at this verse it is a very powerful one that includes all of us – we just need to be Obedient like Naaman and the healing will come.
So what does your Obedience Look like?
Is it something simple that you are questioning?
Remember: Obedience can be as simple as washing 7 times and you will be HEALED.
Look for those simple areas that you can be Obedient in – they are POWERFUL!