Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” – 2 Kings 5:13
Naaman was a pagan military commander who contracted leprosy while Elisha, God’s prophet was alive and prophesying in the Lord’s name. Seeking a cure for his malady, Naaman was unwilling to obey the simple command of Elisha to dip himself seven times in the Jordan River. He thought that Elisha’s directions were totally devoid of supernatural significance and, therefore, a waste of his time. They seemed too simple and, probably from his perspective, too weird. This powerful man’s servants finally convinced him to obey Elisha’s instructions and be healed. Of course, he did, and he was.
Have you ever looked for some awe-inspiring direction from God, yet ignored His simple guidance that has been made available to you through God’s ancient spokesmen? I am not talking about an “Elisha” or “Elijah,” but rather God’s wisdom and teachings found in the writings of the Bible. Henry Blackaby, in his book Experiencing God, reminds us that God speaks through prayer, His church, and circumstances, but in every case, the Scriptures are of primary importance.
If we do the “small things,” if we just simply obey God’s manifest instructions, we will be amazed at how the “big things” begin to fall into place.
The golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters is not intellect, but obedience. – Oswald Chambers
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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