An Unconventional Ultimatum

“But Naaman went away angry and said, ‘I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?’ So he turned and went off in a rage.”

– 2 Kings 5:11-12

Yesterday, we talked about the truth that healing doesn’t always look the way we think it will. This was certainly the case for Naaman, as he was sent away from Elisha’s house without as much as an in-person greeting. Instead, the prophet’s messenger came out and told him to go and wash himself in the Jordan River seven times. Since the warrior was thinking in human terms, he was understandably angry. After all, there were plenty of rivers around his home that were equally as wet and wouldn’t have required such a long journey — couldn’t he have just taken a swim in one of those? What he failed to understand, however, is that it wasn’t the location or the water that made the difference: it was the power of God behind it. Interestingly, the Jordan River, which is mentioned at least 185 times in the Bible, is a natural border on the eastern side of Israel, and in Scripture, it’s always associated with new life and rebirth. It’s what the Israelites crossed to reach the Promised Land, and it’s where John the Baptist baptized hundreds of people, including Jesus Himself. By washing there, Naaman would receive healing, but not solely in the physical sense. Instead, he was offered the chance to experience the Living God — the One who could make his life new from the inside out. 

My friend, when you’re searching for help and healing, it’s easy to lose sight of its Source. While the world may prescribe physical measures to obtain wholeness, Jesus is the One who truly holds the power. He is the Living Water, and even the slightest encounter with His presence breathes life into ordinary places and circumstances. Every earthly remedy functions most effectively when yielded to His honor, for He alone can perfectly redeem and restore what is broken. Because He is the fulfillment of everything in every way, to Him belongs the power to work miracles — and they can be manifest in any manner He sees fit! 


Jesus, I ask you to bring your power and glory to the ordinary places and circumstances of my life.


Do you look to God as your source when seeking help and healing, or do you look to the world for answers?


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  1. Thank you very much for the daily email. It touches my heart every day and is something I look forward to, also.
    I also want to let you know that I support your decision to keep the church closed. I know that it was a difficult decision to make but I believe it is in the best health interest of everyone.
    God bless you and your family, And your Hour of Power ministry.

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