Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 5-8
People during this era called on prophets to get a word from God. Prophets, both true and false rose up from various areas to speak into people’s lives. Elisha, the prophet sent by the Lord to Israel’s s Kingdom, spoke words of encouragement and healing, along with warnings not abandon their worship of God.
Naaman, captain of the Syrian Army, led Syria to victory from the harm of other armies. He was a man who was favored by the Lord, but Naaman was a leper. He met Elisha and became angry when Elisha instructed him to wash seven times in the Jordan River in order to be healed. Naaman mentioned ways that he thought God would heal him. However, the Lord healed Naaman when he placed his trust in Elisha’s instructions.
Elisha continued speaking words from the Lord and doing great exploits to keep Israel on the path to loving God and loving others.
Today’s Nourishment: I keep thinking of how so many of us need healing in our bodies. I pray that we hear the Lord to obey His Word to walk in peace and healing for body, soul, and spirit. We may conjure up our ideas of how we think the Lord will heal us, but let’s put that aside and accept the way He chooses. As for me, I recently had back surgery and the healing process is so much slower than I expected. However, I am trusting the Lord in the process of persistent exercises, physical therapy, and other instructions to bring my body back to complete health.
In what ways may the Lord heal you? Do you trust in instructions that seem odd ways of healing?
Tomorrow’s Delight: 2 Kings 9-11
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC
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