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Midweek Message ~ June 23rd, 2021

 Have you ever heard of a man named Naaman?  Second Kings 5 tells us that he was a mighty warrior and commander of the Syrian army.  He had a lot going for him, but he had leprosy.   In spite of his success as a soldier he was miserable.

The Syrian’s were the enemy of Israel  and they had captured a young girl.  The little girl serves Naaman’s wife
One day the girl tells Naaman’s wife that there is a prophet [ A man of God] in Samaria who can heal Naaman.  Even though he is a gentile, Naaman is miserable enough that he decides to go hoping to be healed.  When he gets there the prophet Elisha sends out word for him to go dip himself in the Jordan 7 times and he will be healed.

At first he refuses.  His pride says shouldn’t this man of God just come out and wave his hand and call on his God so I can be healed.   In desperation he finally  goes and after dipping himself 7 times the leprosy is gone.  The Bible says his skin becomes as healthy as a young child.

Listen to Naaman’s response after being healed.  Second Kings 5: 15:  ” Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God.  They stood before him and Naaman said,  Now I know there that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.” 

Was this an act of faith or was it  just desperation to be healed.  Maybe some of both.  The result is that Naaman acknowledges God was the source of his healing.  He says never again will I offer a sacrifice to any other god except the Lord.

God is at work in every situation of life.  If you are going through a trial, an illness, or tragedy today,  God wants to help you through it.  David said,  God is a very present help in times of trouble. In Psalms 91, David says, ” God alone is my refuge,  my place of safety,  He is my God and I trust Him.”

God Bless and “keep spurring,”

Louis 
 
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