Friday, September 12, 2014

It's not who you are

Continuing on with the story of Namaan, we left him standing outside of Elisha's house, waiting for the prophet to come out and see him.  What does Elisha do?  He sends out a messenger to tell Namaan, "Go, wash in the Jordan seven time, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean." (verse 10).

Instead of being grateful for this, Namaan is insulted!  How dare this lowly prophet not come out and see him in person?  How dare he give him such a mundane task to bring healing.  Namaan is much better than this!

Do we think too highly of ourselves?  Do we have expectations of what we think is fair, or even more, what we believe we deserve from God? From other people? Does our pride and our sense of self-worth sometimes stand as a barrier between us and God?  Between us and other people?

I wonder if that is one of the reasons the Bible tells us that God can reach us better in our weakness than in our strength, and that in our weakness, God becomes our strength?

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