1 Corinthians 11:17-34; 2 Kings 5; Obadiah
Summer mission work is something many college students look forward to. They go out, have a chance to share the gospel and then come back excited to share what God has been doing. One student was thrilled with the opportunity to go to Israel! She arrived ready to save the world. Her commentary after the summer: “Go to save the world; be prepared to paint garden furniture.” We often expect that doing what God wants involves doing something spectacular with amazing results. Sometimes, though, it’s the simplest little things we do that have the most impact. Naaman was a great Syrian general who had one problem: he was a leper. The Syrian king sent him to Israel to get healed – which caused consternation for the king of Israel. Elisha told the king to send Naaman to him. Only, when Naaman got there he got a surprise. “And Elijah sent a messenger to him saying, ‘Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.'” (2 Kings 5:10) Naaman was furious! He hadn’t traveled all the way from Syria to have some flunky tell him to take a bath in a dirty, muddy river! He was about to leave, but his servants prevailed on him to give this simple solution a try. Naaman did, and the rest is history. So often the will of God is found not in the spectacular, but in the miniature. Elijah saw amazing weather phenomena – but God was found in the still small voice. Naaman wanted some kind of spiritual magic but the healing was found in a bath in an Israeli river. We think having a restored relationship with God requires us to jump through a lot of hoops, but it begins with a simple prayer. Our reaction to seeing and understanding what God wants from us is less likely to be “WOW, God!” and more likely to be “Is that all?” See and follow God in the simple things and you will see God do some great things!
Oh Lord, how I complicate things. You make things so simple and I want to make things difficult for myself. Give me the grace to recognize and know Your will and Your plan. Help me to see You in the simplicty of life.