“So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisa sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean, But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servant came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? How much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the sayings of the man of God; and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.” 2 Kings 5:10
Today’s Christian daily devotional
The Mexican sun warmed Gabriella’s shoulders in a way she could never truly enjoy back in Los Angeles. Settling into her lounge chair, the peace itself seemed to nudge Gabi out of her lazy stupor. Peace was never a state that she had grown accustomed to.
Peeking above her sunglasses, Gabriella quickly eyed the landscape of her surroundings. She couldn’t stop herself; this habit was ingrained since the age of nine; when Gabi was first discovered for her amazing voice.
On that fateful day, a star was born. And, Gabi’s childhood suffered as the sacrificial lamb. Its survival didn’t really have a chance where she was headed…
Ever since, the idea of privacy sounded more like a fairytale than a realistic possibility.
“Excuse me.” A soft voice from behind startled her.
“Would you like anything else before I leave?” The maid beamed warmly. It was a genuine smile, the kind Gabriella hadn’t seen in a very long time.
“Tomorrow she’ll be looking at me like a love-struck drone.”
This jaded thought only originated because of countless similar experiences in the past. Today was the first day of Gabi’s vacation; the maid would discover who she was soon enough. But, for the moment, Gabriella was basking in her incognito status.
“No, I’m fine. Thank you for asking.” Smiling back, she adjusted her shades while tucking her sunhat a bit lower.
The maid turned to leave, humming a hymn that brought back memories of Gabi’s buried childhood.
Before riding high on the wings of fame, Gabi had dreams of being a gospel singer. Oh, how she longed to go back to those simpler days! The days when she passionately sang about her first love—Jesus.
The possibility of that simple dream actually coming into fruition was only stopped by Gabi’s fear.
What would happen if she allowed Jesus back into her life? Would her adoring fans still love her? And who would she be if she weren’t the fabulous Gabrielle Price?
Fame wasn’t exactly her best friend, but it had turned her into the star she was today.
2 Kings 5:10 is the story of Naaman, a respected and wealthy war hero. He had all the fame and prestige that a man of his steed could desire. But, poor Naaman was slowly dying of a degenerative skin condition he could no longer hide. All of that wealth and political pull couldn’t save him. In his desperation, Naaman called out to a known prophet of God for help. This man’s name was Elisha.
Technically, Elisha didn’t ask Naaman to do the impossible. He simply told Naaman to dip his body seven times into the muddy Jordan River.
But, for a man of Naaman’s pedigree, this was a very humbling task. The hardest part about it all was that Elisha required Naaman to strip himself of the one obstacle that prevented his healing— his pride.
God’s offer for salvation is extended to all humanity. Many people want healing, but they resent the fact of needing THE HEALER to receive it.
Much like a beautiful unwrapped present, salvation and healing collects dust. God’s mercy and restoration is within your reach. Are you willing to trade your pride to have true peace inside?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your patience with me. I’ve heard God’s plan of salvation several times over the course of my life. But, somehow I haven’t felt strong enough to let go of my pride and admit that I need some help.
Today, I am ready. Lord, my life is full, yet so empty. I have bouts of happiness here and there but no deep joy that bubbles up from my soul.
I want to experience the cleansing power of Jesus. I need my sins taken from me. I will no longer lie to myself that this step isn’t necessary. It is.
Cleanse me, Lord. Wash me clean with the atoning power of Jesus’ blood. I repent of my sin. I receive your forgiveness. Fill me up with the joy and peace that passes all understanding.
Help me to turn from the things that would steer me back into dark paths, away from your presence.
In Jesus’ name, help me to understand your word and apply it to my everyday life. I commit to finding a church community that will nurture my growth and understanding.
Help me to remember that you are just a prayer away. Give me a love for prayer as this will keep my intimacy with you fresh everyday.
In Jesus’ precious name, bless me, Lord to pass your gift of salvation to all who need you. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: 2 Kings 5:10
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan