2 Kings 5:13 Follow The Directions

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’!” 2 Kings 5:13

Naaman, who was the commander of the army for the king of Aram, came down with leprosy. He was told to go and find the prophet, Elisha, in Samaria to be healed. When he did see Elisha he was told to go wash in the Jordan river seven times. He was angry and did not want to do that, he wanted to have something great happen. His servant told him that he should follow the directions of the prophet. Naaman does and was healed of his leprosy.

People will often ask God for a touch in their lives, desiring a miracle in some area of their life. As they ask, they often have a thought on how that miracle should occur. Many desire to see the miracle in some great way with lots of excitement, publicity, and God doing it on the grand stage around others. The desire is also that the miracle will occur immediately with nothing to be done to get that miracle.

God can, and does, work some miracles in those ways, with a lot of fan-fare and excitement. Often, however, He works miracles in quiet simple ways behind the scenes. In Naaman’s case, it was the simple way of washing seven times in a river, and a dirty river at that. It was not done with a lot of publicity, though in public.

You may be seeking answers to some situation in your life. As like most people, you probably have a way that you think God should deal with that situation. You may have already heard something from God in how He wants to meet that situation in your life.

Listen to what God tells you to do. Be willing to follow His directions. Do not place God in a box and tell Him how to meet your needs. Allow God to be God and to be in control of the situation.

God may be wanting to do it in a way that someone else is involved to build their faith; or He may be doing it in a way to keep you from being filled with self-pride; or He may be doing it in a way build your trust in Him. In any case, follow His directions fully, no matter how small or great they are, to see His hand at work in your life.

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you to you; that you will follow all of God’s directions to you; that you will allow God to meet all of your needs in His way and time; and that God will do mighty miracles in and through you.

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