Day 184

Today’s reading – 2 Kings Chapters 5-8

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Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.
Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.”
The prophet answered, “As surely as the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing.” And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.  
2 King 5:13-16

Today’s passages contain a number of amazing stories as Elijah’s promise to Elisha is fulfilled and Elisha does even more amazing things than his predecessor.

A couple observations from chapter 5:

1) We want God to do the amazing. The never before seen and yet most of his miracles take place in the every day activities of life. Don’t miss the miracles of each day while waiting and searching for the spectacular.

2) What a contrast Elisha offers in his refusal to accept anything as a result of the miracle. Elisha understood that if the miracle came from God, he had no right to profit from it. A lesson many have forgotten in today’s culture.

Tomorrow’s reading – 2 Kings Chapters 9-11


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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