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Do You Want the Faith To Say, “But Even if He Doesn’t?” –Daniel 3:18

Today’s Scripture Reading: Daniel 2:1-3:30; Jeremiah 7:1-8:3

I’ve heard the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace since I was a little girl.  I was always amazed they could come out of that furnace without being burned and their clothes still in tact.

Can you imagine witnessing this with you own eyes?

Now days I think I’m just as amazed at the faith of the three Hebrews as the miracle.  I’m not that naïve little girl anymore.  I know what it takes to walk through fires of life.  I know how many times I’ve failed.

The faith of these three young boys must have made our Heavenly Father so proud:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”  –Daniel 3:16-18

Let’s bring this down to where we live: But Even if He Doesn’t…

  • Give me the perfect job
  • Match me with the mate of my dreams
  • Make me rich and famous
  • Heal my body
  • Give me children
  • Restore my marriage
  • Take the pain away
  • Heal my loved one
  • Allow me to live happily ever after
  • Rescue me from the pain and torture inflicted upon me by others

…Even if He doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.

Friends, these are not easy words to say.  If you’ve ever had something happen in your life that doesn’t make sense, you know the degree of faith these young men had.

If I were facing the fiery furnace could I say with the three Hebrews, but even if He doesn’t? 

I pray so.  Our God is worthy of that kind of trust.

Heavenly Father, help us to wake up each morning a give you our desires, plans, hopes, and dreams but help us to add these words to the end of our prayers… Lord, but even if you don’t, I will continue to love and serve You with my whole heart. Forgive us when we fail You.

 

Make us more like You Jesus! In Your Name we pray.  Amen and Amen!

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 8:4-11:23

I Can’t…But God says I Can!—Jeremiah 1:4-9

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Kings 21:1-9; 2 Chronicles 33:1-9; 2 Kings 21:10-17; 2 Chronicles 33:10-19; 2 Kings 21:18; 2 Chronicles 33:20; 2 Kings 21:19-26; 2 Chronicles 33:21-25; 2 Kings 22:1-2; 2 Chronicles 34:1-7; Jeremiah 1:1 through Jeremiah 2:22

Fill in the blanks:

O Sovereign Lord, I can’t ___________ for you!  I’m too _____________!

The Lord replied.  Don’t say, I’m too _____________, for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.  And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you.  I the Lord have spoken.  I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.  Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my _______________.  —Jeremiah 1:4-9

If you had an encounter with God like Jeremiah and he spoke these words to you, would it change your life?

As a young adult I heard a message from Pastor Steven Chitty that changed me forever.  The only thing I remember about that message is this one illustration:  He said just imagine that when we get to heaven and we meet God face to face, a huge screen comes out of the sky and a video begins to play.  As we watch it we will see everything God planned for us, everything he knew we were capable of, everything he gave us the talents and abilities to be and do for His Kingdom (Jeremiah 1:5).  The greatest sadness of our lives will be when we see the things God planned for us that we didn’t even try to do because of fear and because of saying. “I can’t.”

No, this illustration is not in the Bible but we will stand before Christ in heaven and he will evaluate our life on earth as a Christian (Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Knowing that we’re on this earth for a pre-determined purpose should cause us to wake up every day looking for God’s best for the day like a treasure hunt.  If we can overcome the “I can’ts,” life will be a great adventure!

You may be thinking, “I have “no idea” how I fit in God’s master plan.

God will show you if you spend time with him.  Here are three questions to get you started:

  1. What am I good at?
  2. What do I like to do?
  3. What needs to be done?

You may be thinking, “What if I think God’s speaking to me and I step out and try and He really didn’t speak? What if it was just my imagination?”  This is one of the greatest lies Satan uses to keep us from living out Jeremiah 1:5.

But we have an antidote to combat that lie in Romans 4:3:

For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him

as righteous because of his faith.

Friends, don’t miss this:  If you step out by faith to serve God in a particular way because you believe He has spoken to you, He will count you righteous because of your faith in believing you heard from God.

Sometimes we have to “do it afraid.”  I can personally say that almost every day these last three years that I have sat down to write for this study, I feel the fear of not having anything to say. Every time I have to push through the fear; I just place my hands on the keyboard and start.  The fear goes away and God does what he did for Jeremiah and what he will do for you:

Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth!” –Jeremiah 1:9

Heavenly Father, give us the faith and determination to be what you planned for us to be.

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 2:23 through Jeremiah 5:19

Help is On the Way–Isaiah 65:24

Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 63:15 through Isaiah 66:24; 2 Kings 20:20-21; 2 Chronicles 32:32-33

I will answer them before the even call to me.  While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! –Isaiah 65:24

Friends, we have a Heavenly Father who already knows our needs before we ask (Matthew 6:8).  I’ve experienced this many times in my life; times when God was working on the answer to my prayer months before there was a need.

This very thing happened yesterday…I’m always reading and preparing a day ahead for our Bible study.  Yesterday morning I was reading today’s scriptures and thought, “Lord, nothing stands out.”  So I put my Bible away and did other things.  Late in the afternoon I checked my email and saw a forwarded message from my friend Carol.

Can I be candid?  Many times when I receive forwarded messages (stories, jokes, “pass this on to 10 people” things) I delete them.  I just don’t have time to read them all.

I checked my email three or four times but didn’t delete or open Carol’s message.

Finally, I opened the email and began to read the story. I couldn’t believe it—the story was about a scripture in today’s reading!  Could God have answered my prayer for today’s study before I even asked?  I know this is a bit longer than my normal posts, but someone out there needs this lesson in faith—TODAY!  There’s also a song that the Holy Spirit brought to my mind as I read this inspiring story.  Friends, I encourage you to hold fast, believe God, help is on the way!

A Lesson in Faith

By: Tina Clark

This is a story written by a doctor who worked in Africa:

One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator).  We also had no special feeding facilities.

Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in.  Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates).

And it is our last hot water bottle!’ she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways.

‘All right,’ I said, ‘put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts Your job is to keep the baby warm.’

The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died.

During prayer time, one ten-year-old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African children. ‘Please, God’ she prayed, ‘Send us a hot water bottle today It’ll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.’

While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, ‘And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she’ll know You really love her?’

As often with children’s prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say ‘Amen?’ I just did not believe that God could do this. Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything; the Bible says so.

But there are limits, aren’t there?

The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel from home.

Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator!

Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses’ training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the  time I reached home, the car had gone, but there on the verandah was a large 22-pound parcel.

I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of  eyes were focused on the large cardboard box.

From the top, I lifted out brightly colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out.

Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored.

Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas – that would make a batch of buns for the weekend.

Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the…..could it really be?

I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, a brand new, rubber hot water bottle.

I cried.

I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could.

Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, ‘If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!’

Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted!

Looking up at me, she asked, ‘Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she’ll know that Jesus really loves her?’

‘Of course,’ I replied!

That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God’s prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator.

And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child – five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it ‘that afternoon.’

‘Before they call, I will answer.’ (Isaiah 65:24)

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Friends, Hold Fast! Help is on the way!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Kings 21:1-9; 2 Chronicles 33:1-9; 2 Kings 21:10-17; 2 Chronicles 33:10-19; 2 Kings 21:18; 2 Chronicles 33:20; 2 Kings 21:19-26; 2 Chronicles 33:21-25; 2 Kings 22:1-2; 2 Chronicles 34:1-7; Jeremiah 1:1 through Jeremiah 2:22

My G.P.S. Failed–Isaiah 30:19-21

Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 30:1-33:24

This past weekend my Mom bought some “fresh off the farm” peas from a farmer in her area so I decided I would go and buy some as well.  She began to give me directions and I said, “Just give me the address, I have my G.P.S., I won’t have a problem finding it.”

Well, it didn’t exactly turn out that way.  I found the road but the “final destination” was not correct.  I called my Mom, but she couldn’t help me.  I finally had to call the farmer.  Once he told me a couple of things like…when the payment ends, there’s a metal shed between the house and the trailer…You know, farmer directions.

I was immediately able to find the farm and my peas.

I don’t know about you but I’ve had many times in my life when I went the wrong way because I my internal G.P.S. thought it  knew where I should go.

Maybe it’s cynical, or maybe it’s wisdom but at this season in life I don’t believe everything I hear.  Even when the crowd is shouting, “Just Do it!  Just Do it!”

I don’t even trust my own thoughts!

I’m learning to—–W A I T

on

The Holy Spirit

He is the only G.P.S that will never fail, always has the latest updates, and even knows Farmers’ directions.

O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,you will weep no more.
He will be gracious if you ask for help.
He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,”
whether to the right or to the left. —
Isaiah –30:19-21

Dianne, “this is the way you should go!” Yes, Lord, speak to me. That’s what I want!

Heavenly Father, I don’t want to go the wrong way.  I’m tired of making mistakes.  Teach me to hear Your voice, Holy Spirit.  Draw me to Your Word; the place where I learn to recognize Your voice and Your ways.  Drown out the voices of this culture.  Guide and direct me today.

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 34:1-35:10; Micah 2:1-5:15


Who or What are you Counting on?—Psalm 130:5

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 128-130, 132; Psalms 134-135

I am counting on the Lord;

yes, I am counting on him.

I have put my hope in his word.

–Psalm 130:5

Who or what are you counting on today?

How many people do you know have counted on a job, a retirement account, a parent or spouse, or a host of other things to make them feel secure and happy?

How many lost that dream of security and happiness, because what or who they counted on failed them?

What was the psalmist counting on the Lord to do? (Psalm 130)

  • To hear his cry
  • To pay attention to his prayer
  • To keep His word and not keep a record of their sins
  • To forgive them
  • To bring His Word to pass

Yes, Lord.  Count me in with the psalmist!  I’m counting on You for each of these things too!

Doesn’t it feel like we keep getting the same message each day with just a slight change in wording?

It seems that many of the psalms are saying the same thing.  In the Hebrew language repetition is their way to underline and highlight, in other words—it’s really important!

So whether we need protection, a safe place, a God who’s mightier than the seas…OR a God we can count on; the Bible tells us our God is “all that” and so much more!

 

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The Holy Spirit wants someone  to know “It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been able to count on anyone in your life, you can count on God!”

Father, I pray for my friends today.  Help each of us to know more each day–we can count on You and Your Word. Thank you for this journey, Father.  We put our hope in Your Word Lord.  We are counting on You!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 136; Psalm 146-150

Are You Impressed With Your God? Psalm 106:7

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 105 through Psalm 106

Are you easily impressed?

Do you believe everything you’re told?

If you’re like me, my first thought when someone makes great claims and promises is– “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

But
When it comes to our God, we should be impressed…
Like our ancestors, we have sinned.

We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!
Our ancestors in Egypt
were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds.
They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them.
Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.
Even so, he saved them—
to defend the honor of his name
and to demonstrate his mighty power.

Psalm 106:6-8

In today’s reading it seemed as if the psalmist was giving us a summary of all the miracles God performed from the time of Abraham until He brought the Israelites out of Egypt so that we could fully understand how ridiculous it was that “our ancestors were not impressed.”

Every time I read the details of Israel’s rebellion and downright disrespect I have one emotion that has a split personality:

  • Disgust—how could they be that stupid?
  • Disgust—how could I be that stupid?

How could “we,” every person since Abraham doubt the covenant God made with His people?

None of us (even the Israelites) would dare say out loud, “We’re not impressed with the God of the Universe!”  But don’t we  say it all the time  by our wickedness, ungratefulness, forgetfulness and rebellion?

Let’s just say, “If it were up to us, if we had to be perfect, we would be doomed,” but two words save us—

Even so (Ps. 106:8)

Even so, he saved them— to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power.

Back in Genesis 15, God made a covenant with Abram:  I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates…  Genesis 15:18

That covenant kept God from disowning the Israelites in the desert and it keeps Him from disowning you and I everyday!

Heavenly Father, I am So Impressed!  You are an Amazing God!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 107, Psalms 111-114

Where is Your Safe Place?—Psalm 91

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 1-2; Psalm 10, Psalm 33; Psalm 71; Psalm 91

Our Heavenly Father knew we would need a safe place from time to time. Psalm 91 gives us perfect directions to that safe place.

S-T-O-P!

Get your Bible and read Psalm 91 out loud.

I would suggest doing this each night before you go to bed if you suffer from a wild imagination in the horizontal position!

Every verse of Psalm 91 is encouragement for those of us who battle fear, whether it’s once in a while or every day :

  • If you “live” close enough to God that He could shelter you from the rain, you WILL FIND REST (91:1).
  • There is no other person or piece of equipment that can compare to the safe refuge I have in God—He can be trusted (91:2).
  • He will hide me from danger like a mama bird protects her new-born chicks (91:4).
  • His faithful promises are my armor and protection, no one or nothing can penetrate (91:4).
  • God knows we’re prone to night fear; He tells us not to be afraid of the night or the day (91:5).
  • The Lord knows how our minds can go crazy at night and turn a small pain into a terminal disease; He says, “don’t dread disease or disaster!” (91:6).
  • It doesn’t matter if a pandemic is going on, these evils will not touch you (91:7).
  • Hide and watch—the wicked will be punished!  (91:8)
  • There are some “IF” conditions to His Promises— (91:8)
    • If you make the Lord your refuge
    • If you make the Most High your shelter
  • THEN— (91:10-13)
    • No evil will conquer you
    •  No plague will come near your home
    • He will order His angels to protect you WHEREVER you go
    • You will trample upon lions and cobras
    • You will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet
  • Here’s the kind of people God rescues—(91:14)
    • Those who love Him
    • Those who trust His name
  • If you do these two things you can know—
    • When you call on God, He WILL answer
    • He will be with you in your times of trouble
    • He will rescue and honor you
    • You will be rewarded by your Heavenly Father with a long life
    • He will give you His salvation       –Psalm 91:15-16

 

To Psalms 91 add these two verses:

  • For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  —Philippians 4:13
  • No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  –Romans 8:37 (NIV) 

Thanks to our Heavenly Father and the promises He made in His Word, we can enjoy rest from our fear and worries in His safe place.

Resting Under His Wings!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 92 through Psalm 97

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

2 Things You Shouldn’t Do Even If Everybody Else is Doing It!–Isaiah 8:11

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

A strong warning from the Lord…

The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does

How many times have we said as kids or heard as parents, “but everyone else is doing it!”

Our Heavenly Father says to us, YOU ARE NOT EVERYONE!

The Lord got real specific in the things that “everyone” does so that we, His kids absolutely, positively, know what we’re  NOT suppose to do.

Can you get the picture of the Lord, God grabbing both of Isaiah’s hands, looking him square in the eyes and saying, whatever you do, don’t do these things:

  1. Don’t call everything a conspiracy (woe is me!  everyone’s against me) like they do
  2. Don’t live in dread of what frightens them

But…

Do make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life

    • He is the one you should fear
    • He is the one who should make you tremble
    • He will keep you safe

–Isaiah 11:12-14a

How do we keep from being deceived like “everyone”?

Look to God’s instructions and teachings!  People who contradict His word are completely in the dark.  They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry.  And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God.  They will look up to heaven and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair.  They will be thrown out into the darkness.      –Isaiah 11:20-22

Friends, I am no prophet, but this warning that God spoke to Isaiah has our name on it as well.

We cannot be like everyone else.

I don’t mean we have to look different (but sometimes we need to), I’m talking about a firm faith that believes that  God is who He says He is AND He will do what He says He will do!  Remember yesterday’s post?

If we have a firm faith we won’t worry out what “everyone” thinks of us and we won’t live in fear like so many do today.  And there’s an added benefit…

“Everyone,” the people we come in contact with, will want to know how we live in today’s world with such confidence and peace.

And we will be doing what we are on this earth to do—

Cause others to know Him More!

Blessings in Jesus!


© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 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

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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