Dipping in the Dirty River

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So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your 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. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
{2 Kings 5:9-14 ESV}

Sometimes the simplest of commands can be the hardest if we aren’t completely trusting God’s sovereign hand. All Naaman had to do in order to be healed was to go dip in a muddy river seven times. But that sounds weird. That was the dirty river. Couldn’t he dip in the cleaner rivers? That’d make more since anyway, wouldn’t it? But that dirty river was the one that God would use to make him clean. He had to trust that God knew what he was doing. And God did!

We must obey Him—even if it seems crazy. He always knows what He’s doing. God works in such unexpected ways, but He always knows what is best. So if we want what is best, we must always submit to His instruction…even if it means jumping into the dirty river.

Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.”
{1 Samuel 15:22 NLT}


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