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Keeping It Simple
9/5/2017

Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”  But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 2 Kings 5:9-11 (NKJV)

Have you ever had someone share some old fashioned remedy with you? It could be a remedy for getting rid of the hiccups, or shortening the span of a cold or flu—it could be for cleaning a grease stain out of your clothes, or for anything for that matter. The point is this—you hear their remedy and the directions, and you think to yourself, “This is ridiculous!  It couldn’t possibly work – it’s too easy to be true. There must be some other way.”

Such was the case with a man named Naaman.  He was a commander of the army of Aram.  And although Naaman had great power and wealth, he was afflicted with leprosy.  Leprosy is a deadly disease often attacking the nerves in the hands and feet.  This desensitizing continues to the point where the person doesn’t even feel the pain usually associated with burns and cuts—they only know numbness. For all intents and purposes Naaman was on death row.

In much the same way, sin is sort of a spiritual leprosy in our lives. The longer we are in sin the more desensitized we become until we are numb to our unrighteous actions.  

Now Naaman was not a believer, but he was willing to go and see Elisha with the hope of being healed.  He arrived at Elisha’s home and announced his arrival, but Elisha didn’t come to greet him.  Instead Elisha sent his servant to give Naaman a simple instruction for healing his leprosy.  He told him to, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean” (2 Kings 5:10).

Now the simplicity of God’s way to be healed, as spoken through Elisha’s servant angered Naaman. He thought for sure Elisha was going to meet him—he believed Elisha would call upon the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy (2 Kings 5:11). In truth, Naaman viewed God’s way to be foolish and too easy to be true. 

We can do the same thing when we read or hear God’s Word with respect to our being healed spiritually, or even physically.  We can have someone encourage us to do something according to God’s will for our life, and we can simply choose to scoff at him or her—thinking to ourselves, “It’s foolish, and it’s too easy to be true.”

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19 (NKJV)

Well, thankfully one of Naaman’s servants challenged his thinking by simply asking him, “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’?” (2 Kings. 5:13).  His aides had great wisdom, and God’s word tells us that Naaman followed the advice and was instantly cured (2 Kings 5:14).

We have been programmed to believe if it is too good to be true, then it usually isn’t true.  But this is not the case with the Gospel of Jesus, and all of God’s promises contained within the Bible.  God knows we tend to complicate things, and He knows Satan will confuse us if it is too complicated, so God kept it simple for simple people such as us. Thank you God!

I want to encourage you today to keep it simple. If God says to do something, let’s just do it…amen?

STUDY QUESTION: According to Acts 3:19 what simple advice can we apply and what have we been told to expect if we choose to do this?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to heed the advice and commandments contained within God’s Word?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord each day by spending time in His Word.  Abide in His wisdom and look forward to the times of refreshing.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for giving me Your great Word to encourage and guide me on how to live. Help me to remember it when I am tempted to not abide in it, or to discount its simplicity.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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