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There are 4035 Magic Erasers in the Bible– Isaiah 14:1-2

Today’s Scripture Reading2 Kings 16: 19-20, 2 Chronicles 28: 26-27; Isaiah 13:1 through Isaiah 16:14

Have you ever had a parent, teacher, or employer pull you aside and give you, in great detail a long list of punishments that are going to be administered?

Then when you feel your heart in your throat, they say…

But you are exempt from that punishment.

That’s exactly what happened to Israel in today’s scripture.

In Isaiah 13, the prophet painted a graphic picture of God’s’ wrath coming down on Babylon, that would scare the mightiest warrior; 22 verses of gloom and doom.

Can you imagine the Israelites standing in the courtyard of the Temple (not sure where they were, but let’s pretend) and listening to Isaiah go on and on with the gory details—screams in terror, every arm is paralyzed in fear, every heart melts, pangs of anguish grip them like those of a woman in labor; to mention just a few?

Then in chapter 14, the word that is like Mr. Cleans’® Magic Eraser® comes on the scene—BUT.

And suddenly everything changes.

But the Lord will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel. The nations of the world will help the Lord’s people to return, and those who come to live in their land will serve them. Those who captured Israel will themselves be captured, and Israel will rule over its enemies.    —Isaiah 14: 1-2

The Israelites were being held captive by the Babylonians and God was going to rescue them!  I’m sure as Isaiah was prophesying doom on Babylon the Israelites were thinking, ‘but WE live here, what’s going to happen to us?”

Can you imagine the celebration when they heard the “but” word?

Friends, there are 4035 “buts” in the Bible (KJV).  They’re either erasing good things or bad things.

Each time we have a choice…

Which side of the “but” will we be on?

Will we reject Him or accept Him?

Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him,

   “The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.”

 And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”

 They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.

 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

  “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”    —
1 Peter 2:7-10

I’m so thankful for this amazing promise!  I challenge you as you read each day’s passage, look for the “buts” and circle them.

Here’s one you need to circle immediately, the greatest “but” of all time:

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

Just a side note—remember if you use a “but” after a compliment, it erases the compliment!

Thanking God the Magic Eraser!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading2 Chronicles 29:2 through 2 Chronicles 31:21

We are What We Worship–2 Kings 17: 14-15

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 28:1-29; 2 Kings 17:5; 2 Kings 18:9-12; 2 Kings 17:6-41; Isaiah 1:1-20

Have you heard the cliché, “We are what we eat”?  The saying on this t-shirt says it all about the food most of us eat in today’s world—fast, cheap, and easy.

In the 21st century that’s pretty much the way we want to worship—fast, cheap, and easy.

  • “We don’t have time to go to discipleship classes  AND worship on Sunday morning…No way that’s our family time!” –We want to get in and get out.
  • “I’ll worship when it’s convenient”—in other words, worship can’t cost me any time, money or energy, if it does, I’m outta here.
  • “I don’t understand the Bible and I just can’t overcome my bad habits; it’s just too hard to serve the Lord!”

So just like we are what we eat; we are what we worship:

But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to believe in the Lord their God.   They rejected His decrees and the covenant He had made with their ancestors, and they despised all His warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the Lord’s command not to imitate them.     –2 Kings 17: 14-15

It’s so easy to read these two verses and say, “Those bad Israelites, they were so stubborn.

  • Why did they refuse to believe in the Lord?
  • Why didn’t they obey His decrees and keep the covenant their ancestors had made?
  • Why didn’t they listen to warnings from Almighty God?
  • Why in the world would they worship idols when they had the one true God to worship?
  • Why would they act like the nations around them when they were God’s chosen people?

I wonder what future generations will think about the 21 century church.

Will they say—

  • Why did they refuse to believe God and allow Him to be the Lord of their lives?
  • Why didn’t they obey His decrees and keep the covenant when they had a Bible in every room of their house?
  • Why didn’t they listen to the warnings written in Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation?
  • Why in the world would they worship the idols of time, pleasure, and materialism when they had the one true God to worship?
  • Why would they act like the people of the world when they had been rescued by Jesus Christ and given the Holy Spirit to help them become who God planned for them to be?

They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves.

Father, we don’t want to become worthless!  Show us the idols in our lives.  Draw us to you Lord.  Help us not to be deceived.  Use us for Your Glory today!

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 1:21 through Isaiah 5:30

A Marriage With a Message–Hosea 1:2

Today’s Scripture ReadingIsaiah 12:1-6; Isaiah 17:1-14; 2 Chronicles 18:16-21; 2 Kings 16:10-18; 2 Chronicles 28:22-25; 2 Kings 18:1-8; 2 Chronicles 29:1-2; 2 Kings 15:30-31; 2 Kings 17:1-4, Hosea 1:1 through Hosea 2:13

Have you ever had God speak to you and say, “I want you to do _________?

I feel that God has spoken those words to me a few times over the years.  Some of the things He’s told me to do:

  • Pray for someone
  • Visit someone
  • Teach a class
  • Speak a word of encouragement to someone
  • Write letters of encouragement to folks in desperate situations
  • Quit my job
  • Lead this 365 day journey

While each of these things took a step of faith on my part, they can’t compare to what God told Hosea to do.

When the Lord first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, “Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the Lord and worshiping other gods.” —Hosea 1:2

Hosea’s mission was both special and painful. He was called to experience the anguish caused by an unfaithful wife: a wife whose sexual adultery mirrored the spiritual adultery of the nation Israel, which had been unfaithful to the Lord by worshiping idols and rejecting the holiness in His Law. The names of his children were chosen by God as reminders of Israel’s unfaithfulness.    (The Teachers’ Commentary)

The whole point of Hosea’s marriage to Gomer was to send a message to Israel.

How did Hosea say, “yes” to those instructions?

In the culture of that day, it was a disgrace for a prophet to marry and prostitute.  I wonder if Hosea had anyone who understood, except the Lord?

It seems that standing firm and strong in our faith has been a theme in this week’s reading.

Our Heavenly Father wants our faith to lead to trust and then our trust to lead to obedience.

Heavenly Father, You know where we are in our faith walk.  Help us to move closer to trusting you daily.  We want to be obedient.  Holy Spirit, please consider our humanness and speak loudly; if we miss your voice the first time, speak again.  Jesus, I know there are some of my friends who are on The Journey who aren’t sure You have ever spoken to them; speak to them I pray.  Thank you for using us Lord!  We are privileged to be Your child.

In the Name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller  

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hosea 2:14 through Hosea 8:14

The “One Thing” We Need to Stand Firm in Tough Times–Isaiah 7:9

Today’s Scripture Reading:   2 Kings 15:32-38; 2 Chronicles 27: 1-9; Micah 1:1-16; 2 Kings 16:1-9; 2 Chronicles 28:1-15; Isaiah 7:1-25

Like most of you I’ve had my share of tough times, but God has never left me and He has led me through the maze of life one turn at a time.

When I read today’s story I immediately said ah hah!

That is definitely what it has taken to get me through the tough times (I’m always so smart when I’m looking back on things, but not so much when I’m in the midst of those times).  The funny thing is each time I made it through a trial alive, God used the trial to increase this “one thing.”

Here’s my paraphrase of today’s story:

King Ahaz heard that King Rezin and King Pekah had joined forces and were planning to attack Jerusalem.  King Ahaz and all his people were so afraid they were shaking like trees in a storm.

The Lord told Isaiah, the prophet to take his son and go have a talk with Ahaz. Here’s what the Lord said through Isaiah:

  • Ahaz Stop Worrying
  • There’s no need to fear these two burned-out embers who call themselves kings
  • Yes, Rezin and Pekah are plotting against you
  • But—
    • This invasion will never happen, it will never take place
    • Syria is no stronger than its capital, Damascus
    • Damascus is no stronger than its king, Rezin
    • As for Israel, within 65 years it will be crushed and completely destroyed
    • Israel is no stronger than its capital, Samaria
    • Samaria is no stronger than its king, Pekah

And the last thing the Lord said, and it’s my take away from this story:

Ahaz, Unless your faith is firm, I (God) cannot make you stand firm.

Yep, the “one thing” is having a firm faith in God.  I do not know how people who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ make it through hard times.  He’s the first place I run when the storm clouds of tough times move in.

What are your fears today?

Take this story and put your name and your situation in every underlined word or phrase.  Write it down; paste it on your bathroom mirror.  Oh, and make sure you emphasize the but!  If you’re in the midst of one of these times I know you feel like you have no faith, but you do.  Just keeping believing God is who He says He is– and He will do what He said  He will do!  You will make it!

We have to get this because unless our faith is firm God cannot make us stand firm!

Dear Heavenly Father, we know faith is important to you.  Your Word tells us that without faith it is impossible to please you (Hebrews 11:6).  Show us how to increase our faith.  It is our desire to please you.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 8:1 through Isaiah 11:16

A Different Kind of Hunger–Amos 8:11-13

Today’s Scripture ReadingAmos 7:1 through Amos 9:15; 2 Kings 14:28-29; 2 Kings 15:8-29, 6-7; 2 Chronicles 26:22-23, Isaiah 6:1-3

I like to eat.  On most days I eat four or five times a day.  I may not have any food in the house that I want to eat but there’s always something to eat in my pantry and frig.  Needless to say, I have never experienced a famine.

My knowledge of famines is limited; mostly what I’ve read in the Bible.  Most of the famines I’ve read about were sent by God.

Do you remember any be attributed to Satan?

In today’s reading God sends a different kind of famine:

“The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord,
“when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread or water
but of hearing the words of the Lord.
People will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from border to border
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.
Beautiful girls and strong young men
will grow faint in that day,
thirsting for the Lord’s word.”

                                                    –Amos 8: 11-13 

In the days of the kings, God only spoke through prophets.  But Amos prophesied of a time when the children of Israel would desperately inquire of the Lord, but He would not answer– not by dreams, not by Urim, and not by prophet.

The feeling we have when we are told we have to fast for 24 hours is probably the same feeling we would have if  we were told we would not be able to hear from the Lord;  immediately we would have an overwhelming need to hear His authoritative Word.

When Jesus went back to heaven He told us in John 14:16-18 that He would not leave us alone; He would send the Holy Spirit to comfort and counsel us.  We are so blessed; we have the Bible and the Holy Spirit; we can hear from God 24/7.

What would it be like if tomorrow you awoke to find there was no Bible in your home, the library, the church or online?

Then add to that, no Holy Spirit to counsel, comfort and guide you…

Would we notice these changes the minute we woke up or would it take us days to notice because we aren’t connecting with God on a daily basis?

We have no idea how dark a world can be without the Word of the Lord.  Amos said that the Israelites would be staggering from sea to sea, searching for the word of the Lord.

I saw a movie a couple of years ago called “The Book of Eli.”   It was not my kind of movie ; I kept my eyes covered about half the time–I just don’t like violence and suspense.  This movie did a great job of portraying what it would be like if there were no Bibles, except one, and the great lengths people would go to get that one copy.  It was an amazing visual of this scripture in Amos.  As graphic as”The Book of Eli” was, I don’t believe it skimmed the surface of what it would really be like to be in a world without Him.

Thank you Lord for Your Word and Your Spirit!  Let us never take it for granted!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

Blessings in Jesus!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading2 Kings 15:32-38; 2 Chronicles 27: 1-9; Micah 1:1-16; 2 Kings 16:1-9; 2 Chronicles 28:1-15; Isaiah 7:1-25

Lord, Please Use My Mistakes to Save Others–Jonah 1:16

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 14:1-14; 2 Chronicles 25:1-24; 2 Kings 13:12-13; 2 Kings 14:15-16, 23-27; 2 Chronicles 25:25-28; 2 Kings 14:17-22; 2 Kings 15:1-5; 2 Chronicles 26:1-21; Jonah 1:1-4:11

Jonah purposely rebelled against the Lord by heading in the opposite direction of Nineveh, his next “ministry opportunity.”

This wasn’t an optional assignment.  God went after Jonah and some innocent bystanders–the crew of a ship headed to Joppa, got caught in the middle of Jonah’s mistake.  

At first it looked as though they were going down with Jonah…

But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart.  —Jonah 1:4

The crew came to the conclusion that Jonah was the problem:

Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, the lots identified Jonah as the culprit.  “Why has this awful storm come down on us?” they demanded. “Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?”  —Jonah 1:7-8

Once Jonah told them he was a Hebrew and a worshiper of the Lord, the God of Heaven who made the sea and the land (Jonah 1:9) AND that he was running away from the Lord (Jonah 1:10), they knew they were going down unless they did something quick.  They asked Jonah what they should do…

“Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.” —Jonah 1:12

The sailors tried everything they could think of to save Jonah, the ship, and themselves.

Instead, the sailors rowed even harder to get the ship to the land. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn’t make it.  Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. “O Lord,” they pleaded, “don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.”   —Jonah 1:13-14

Everything they tried failed.  So…

Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once.  —Jonah 1:15

The storm was about Jonah’s mistake, it wasn’t about the sailors.  But God used Jonah’s mistake to show Himself to the sailors, so that they could know Jonah’s God.

The sailors were awestruck by the Lord’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.  –Jonah 1:16

Friends, our mistakes aren’t just about us.  God can use our biggest and greatest mistakes for His Glory and His Plan.  Give Your mistakes to Him and watch what He’ll do for His Kingdom and your Circle of Influence.

Heavenly Father, I have made some “Jonah-size” mistakes.  I give them to You.  Use them for Your Glory!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Amos 1:1-6:14

Are You Setting Your Goals Too Low?–2 Kings 13:14-19

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 13:1-11; 2 Kings 12:17-21; 2 Chronicles 24:23-27; 2 Kings 13:14-25

When Elisha was in his last illness, King Jehoash of Israel visited him and wept over him. “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” he cried.

Elisha told him, “Get a bow and some arrows.” And the king did as he was told. Elisha told him, “Put your hand on the bow,” and Elisha laid his own hands on the king’s hands. Then he commanded, “Open that eastern window,” and he opened it. 

Then he said, “Shoot!” So he shot an arrow. Elisha proclaimed, “This is the Lord’s arrow, an arrow of victory over Aram, for you will completely conquer the Arameans at Aphek.”

Then he said, “Now pick up the other arrows and strike them against the ground.” So the king picked them up and struck the ground three times.  But the man of God was angry with him. “You should have struck the ground five or six times!” he exclaimed. “Then you would have beaten Aram until it was entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times.”    –2 Kings 13:14-19

Can you imagine how King Jehoash must have felt when he realized just a few more strikes of the arrows and he would have had complete victory? 

I’m sure King Jehoash had no idea how important striking the arrows against the ground would turn out to be in the war between Aram.  He probably thought it was senseless and silly.  The funny thing is sometimes  we need to do some things that seem senseless, silly, and down-right uncool to be able to reach big goals.

    • I wish I would have spent that extra hour studying
    • I wish I would have cleaned the house instead of watched T.V.
    • I wish I would have saved 10% of my income so I had a retirement
    • I wish I would have gone back to school
    • I wish I would have applied for that job
    • I wish I would have talked to that person about Jesus

“Should” and “would” will suck the life out of you.

When you get a chance to set a goal–go for the gold not the bronze.

Pick up every arrow you can find and beat it on the ground as many times as possible!

Heavenly Father, help us to live life in a way that leaves no room for “shouldn” and “wouldn.”  Lead us and guide us.  Teach us to set and work to achieve big goals for You and Your Kingdom.

 

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 14:1-14; 2 Chronicles 25:1-24; 2 Kings 13:12-13; 2 Kings 14:15-16, 23-27; 2 Chronicles 25:25-28; 2 Kings 14:17-22; 2 Kings 15:1-5; 2 Chronicles 26:1-21; Jonah 1:1-4:11

A 7 year old’s Top 5 Leadership Secrets — 2 Kings 11

Today’s Scripture Reading:   2 Kings 11:1-3; 2 Chronicles 22:10-12; 2 Kings 11:4-12; 2 Chronicles 23:1-11; 2 Kings 11:13-16; 2 Chronicles 23:12-15; 2 Kings 11:17-21; 2 Chronicles 23: 16-21; 2 Kings 12:1-16; 2 Chronicles 24:1-22; 2 Kings 10:32-36

Theodore Roosevelt was 42 years old when he became President of the United States; he was the youngest president in the history of our country to hold that office.

Can you imagine if we had a seven-year old president?

Joash was 7 years old when he became king of Judah and reigned in Jerusalem for forty years! He must have done something right, especially if we compare him to his father Ahaziah who was twenty-two years old when he became king and reigned for only one year.

Joash’s secret to success was Johoiada the priest

  1. Joash lived with Johoiada the priest in the Temple of God and in the presence of God for the first six years of his life.
  2. Johoiada, a great leader and man of integrity, was Joash’s right-hand man .
  3. The first thing that happened after Joash was crowned king was Jehoiada presented him with a copy of God’s laws.
  4. Joash made a covenant between Jehoiada, the Lord and the people that they would be the Lord’s people.
  5. Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight throughout the lifetime of Jehoiada the priest.

Whether you’re seven or forty-seven godly counsel is an important part of being a leader.

Joash was fortunate that Jehoiada lived to a very old age, but no sooner than the priest died Joash sought counsel in an ungodly group, the leaders of Judah and they persuaded him to abandoned the Temple of the Lord, the god of his ancestors, and began to worship Asherah poles and idols instead.

In today’s political world wise counsel is just as important as it was in Joash’s day, and it’s just as hard to find as it was in those days.  Too many times advise is given to use and manipulate rather than for the good of the country.

Father, we pray that you put wise, Godly counsel in the reach of our country’s leaders.  Holy Spirit, draw our leaders to you.  Prompt us as your people to pray for them.  Remind us daily of Your promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

In Jesus Name, we pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 13:1-11; 2 Kings 12: 17-21; 2 Chronicles 24: 23-27; 2 Kings 13:14-25

The Phrase You Don’t Want in Your Obituary— 2 Chronicles 21:20

Today’s Scripture Reading2 Chronicles 21:8-20; 2 Kings 8:23-29; 2 Chronicles 22: 1-7; 2 Kings 9:1 through 2 Kings 10:17; 2 Chronicles 22:8-9; 2 Kings 10:18-31

In some of the planning and prioritizing workshops I’ve taught I led participants through an exercise where they had to write their obituary.  I know it sounds morbid and you’re probably thinking, “Dianne, I don’t want to start my day thinking about obituaries!”  But, as Steven Covey, the Life Management guru says, “we must begin with the end in mind.”

In today’s reading, Jehoram should have spent some time thinking about the end of his life…

His people did not build a great funeral fire to honor him as they had done for his ancestors.  Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years.  No one was sorry when he died.  They buried him in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.    –2 Chronicles 21:19-20

Why did Jehoram’s obituary read, “No one was sorry when he died?”

  • He abandoned the Lord, the God of his ancestors.
  • He built pagan shrines and led the people to give themselves to pagan gods and go astray
  • He did not follow the good example of his father Jehoshaphat, or his grandfather King Asa of Judah
  • He was as evil as the kings of Israel
  • He led people of Jerusalem and Judah to worship idols
  • He killed his own brothers

The first step to Jehoram’s downfall was abandoning the Lord.

I looked up the word abandon; Dictionary.com defines it as “to cease trying to continue.”  One day of “ceasing to try” led to another and another, until Jehoram reached a point of no return.

For all of us, each day “continuing to try” to serve the Lord and know Him more is a choice.

Do I…

  • Move forward?
  • Step backward?
  • Stand still?

Two of these get you farther from God than yesterday, one gets to closer.

If we move forward in our journey to Know Him More each day, our obituary will take care of itself!

Are you struggling to “continue to try” today?  

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Kings 11:1-3; 2 Chronicles 22:10-12; 2 Kings 11:4-12; 2 Chronicles 23:1-11; 2 Kings 11:13-16; 2 Chronicles 23:12-15; 2 Kings 11:17-21; 2 Chronicles 23: 16-21; 2 Kings 12:1-16; 2 Chronicles 24:1-22; 2 Kings 10:32-36

How Many People Does it Take to Make Your Miracle Happen?

 

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Kings 5:1 through 2 Kings 8:15

Are you in need of a miracle today?

We serve a big God who is all powerful and with just a word you could instantly have your miracle!  But most of the time He uses people to bring our miracles to pass.

The story of Naaman’s healing in 2 Kings 5:1-19, is a perfect example of how God uses people and timing to get His Will and His miracles accomplished in our lives.

Naaman had leprosy.  In those days there was no cure, because of that he wasn’t expecting a miracle, but God had a miracle for him.

  • King Aram thought highly of Naaman  because he was the leader of the his army and had won great victories.
  • Aramean raiders invaded Israel and captured a young girl who was given to Naaman’s wife as a maid.
  • The Young girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria.  He would heal him of his leprosy.”
  • Naaman’s wife told Naaman what the young girl had said.
  • King Aram wrote a letter of introduction to the king of Israel telling him to heal Naaman of the leprosy.
  • When the king of Israel read the letter he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, that I can give life and take it away?”
  • Elisha, the man of God heard of the king of Israel’s dilemma and sent him a message and told him to send Naaman to him and he would heal him.
  • Elisha did not see Naaman face-to-face but sent his messenger (probably Gehazi) to tell Naaman to dip in the Jordan River seven times.
  • Naaman became angry  and left in a rage because Elisha didn’t have the decency to come out and wave his hand over him.
  • Naaman’s officers reasoned with Naaman and convinced him to “Go wash and be cured.” 
  • Naaman did as Elisha instructed and his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child.

Eight individuals or groups had a part in Naaman’s healing.

What if…

  • Naaman was a lazy commander of King Aram’s army and did not have favor with the king?
  • The Aramean raiders had not captured this particular girl?
  • The young girl had not know about Elisha?
  • The young girl had not felt comfortable or had the confidence to speak up to her mistress?
  • Naaman’s wife didn’t tell Naaman what her maid had said?
  • Elisha had not been in Israel at that particular time?
  • The king of Israel had not pitched such a fit and Elisha had not heard about if?
  • Naaman’s officers had not encouraged him to do what Elisha said?

Wow!  Talk about perfect timing.  It really makes you think–what if that slow poke in front of you in this morning’s traffic was part of God’s miracle to keep you from being in a car accident?  It changes everything when we begin to get in touch with the God-ordained side of our lives.

The amazing thing about this story is that not only did Naaman receive a physical healing, but he had a spiritual healing as well!

Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God.  They stood before him, and Naaman said, “Now I know that there is no god in all the world except in Israel.”  2 Kings 5:15

If you are desperately in need of a miracle, be encouraged; the next person you see could be a part of your miracle!

How has God used other people to make miracles happen in your life?

Blessings in Jesus!

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Chronicles 21:8-20; 2 Kings 8:23-29; 2 Chronicles 22: 1-7; 2 Kings 9:1 through 2 Kings 10:17; 2 Chronicles 22:8-9; 2 Kings 10:18-31

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