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Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,

Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.

– 2 Kings 5:5

Sometimes, our problems will cause us to go to extreme measures to get relief.  We will be so desperate for a solution that we will take advice from unlikely sources and end up in unlikely places in hope of a healing.

11 But Naaman became furious, and went away . . .’ 12 Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.

– 2 Kings 5:11-12

What Naaman received did not meet his expectations.  For all of his high hopes for a healing, he received some simplistic instructions.  In fact, he was not even granted an audience with the prophet.  According to verse 10, “And Elisha sent a messenger to him. . .” as he stood outside of Elisha’s doorway.  Naaman had expected some form of royal reception after all that he had gone through to get there.

13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, 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’?” 14 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 5:13-14

Although Naaman was hardened by the reception and the proposed remedy, he responded accordingly after some prodding and pleading by his own servants.  He did as instructed.  His flesh was restored.  he received his healing after all.

What can we learn from this?

God can bless us with something simple that we might try to complicate.  God may not want us to jump through hoops for what He has for us.  He may just want to see our faith in action.

We have a choice today.  We can be hardened or we can be healed.

What will be your choice today?

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Church folks are constantly sharing some unconventional wisdom that comes in the form of an idiom or something similar.  They will say things about “good problems” and what is or is not in the will of God.  To be honest, we should see god at work with both the good and bad in our lives.

Problems can be profitable when we are faithful of:

  • The Presence of God in Our Situation
  • The Power of God over Our Situation
  • The Purpose of God within Our Situation

For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.” – Psalm 38:16 NIV

 

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In those days there was no king in Israel;

everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

– Judges 21:25 (NASB)

We can go down some problematic pathways if we are not careful in how we handle certain things.  Here are four things that can lead to major problems down the road.

  • Prosperity: Things can get so good and can go so well that we neglect the very things that got us to such a point of peace and prosperity.  Israel had lost its way many times and had gone astray from God.  In many cases, it was due to their times of peace and prosperity.
  • Pride: The Bible tells us that “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2, NIV).  The proud can get beside himself or herself as if they did everything on their own and without God’s very present help.
  • Pleasure: Pleasure seekers do not seek to please God, only themselves.  If it feels good, they’ll line up and pay up to do it, see it and even get a taste of it.  Pleasure can even lead to a problem.
  • Pressure: If anyone who has read the Old Testament can recall, the people of God did not want Samuel’s boys running things.  They demanded that a king be placed over them like other people. But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD – 1 Samuel 8:6 (NASB).

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Patience is more than endurance.– Oswald Chambers

Knowing that the proving of your faith worketh patience.- James 1:3 (ASV)

Patience can present a problem. Patience becomes a problem when it leads to pitfalls. You have to be careful to exercise patience to the right degree in the right situation.

Do not allow your patience to turn into:

  • Passivity
  • Pessimism
  • Procrastination

Keep your patience in proper perspective.  Do not allow your patience become a pitfall that lets you fall into a problematic trap.

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