2 Kings 4:18-5:27
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
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2 Kings 5:13-14
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'!" 14
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.
did not know the God of Abraham, but his hope for a cure led him to
Elisha. After being healed, he decided to never again worship any god
other than the God of Israel. He didn't fully understand who that God
was, but his heart was turned and headed in the right direction.
did know the God of Abraham, and had seen his power displayed in
powerful ways through Elisha's ministry. However, in his actions toward
Naaman, and deceit toward Elisha, he demonstrated that his heart was
turning away from God and headed in the wrong direction.
turned toward God and found healing. Gehazi turned away from God and
became diseased. Carelessly turning away from God in selfish sin leads
to death and sickness. Turning toward God in faith and submission
leads to life and restoration.
Response and Action
I, like Naaman, seeking truth and drawing nearer to God? Am I growing
in my understanding and my wholeheartedness toward Christ? Or am I,
like Gehazi, taking God for granted, and getting careless about my
actions? I do not want my profession of faith to be contradicted by
actions that are selfish and deceptive.
Both Naaman and
Gehazi were confused in their understanding about God, but Naaman was
stumbling toward God, and Gehazi was stumbling away from God. I have a
long way to go in my understanding of God, my knowledge of Scripture,
and my spiritual growth, so I will keep eyes on Jesus, turn my heart
toward him, and pursue righteousness. When I stumble, I want to
stumble toward God.
God, I want to know you more. Thank you, that though I have so far to
go, you love me where I am. Draw me closer to you. Grant me the
wisdom and the will to seek you with my whole heart and to walk in
your ways. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: James 3:14-15
14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship
by N.T. Wright (Ch. 8 - "The Mind Renewed" is based on 2 Kings 5)