This is from my devotions this week. I’ve been thinking about it all week and just wanted to share it.
And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go wash in the Jordan seven times, and you flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.” (2 Kings 5:10-11)
Naaman came to Elisha from Syria to be healed of his leprosy. When Elisha sent his messenger to tell him what he must do, Naaman got mad and started heading home. He was insulted that Elisha didn’t come and heal him personally. Not only that, Elisha required him to wash in some dirty river to be healed. Naaman wanted a miracle but didn’t think he should have to do anything to get it. Lucky for Naaman, his friends convinced him to go wash in the Jordan river seven times. They convinced him he had nothing to loose by just trying it. When he did the leprosy was gone and Naaman was overjoyed.
Today our cities, our churches, and our families are full of lepers. Their leprosy is a life that sucks. It is a life filled with mediocrity and regret. They are people just going through the motions – wondering if things will ever get better. They are always waiting for something to change. They say things like, “Well when this happens things will be better,” or “If only this would happen or that person would change, then I would be happy.” Or they pray and ask God to make their life better but when He doesn’t seem to do anything they get mad and walk away. The sad thing is the cure for a life that sucks is right there in front of them. Unfortunately they want God to do it for them and aren’t willing to do the hard work of washing in the Jordan seven times. And what does that mean? It means diving into the word of God.
James 4:8 says that if we draw near to God he will draw near to us. In John 15:7 Jesus says that if you abide in him and his words abide in you then God will hear your prayers and answer them. Abide is a word that means to stay or last a long time – not something you just do once in a while. My life used to be full drastic peaks and valleys. One day I would be up and things were good, the next day I would be down and couldn’t figure out how to be happy. I had no control over my happiness or joy. I was a victim of whatever circumstances life decided to throw at me each day. Then I discovered this principle. I reorganized my life so that the most important thing I do every day is spend one hour in the word – reading it, praying it, and journaling about it. Some of you reading this right now are thinking, I wish I could do that but I just don’t have time. That is crap. I’m just as busy as anyone else. To me, this time is so sacred it is more important than eating or sleeping. My life used to suck but it doesn’t anymore and I know without a doubt it is because I finally did what I knew I should be doing all along.
Life will still be hard and there will still be challenges but I guarantee your life won’t suck. Think about it this way, if your life sucks, what do you have to loose? Try it. God never lets down those who earnestly seek him. If you don’t know where to start just ask. I’d be happy to help.