Monday, July 8, 2019

Keep It Simple!

2 Kings 5:9-13 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
So Naaman came with his horses and chariots to Elisha’s house and stood outside the door. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman who said, “Go and wash in the Jordan River seven times. Then your skin will be healed, and you will be pure and clean.”
11 Naaman became angry and left. He said, “I thought Elisha would at least come out and stand in front of me and call on the name of the Lord his God. I thought he would wave his hand over my body and heal 
the leprosy12 Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, are better than all the water in Israel. Why can’t I wash in those rivers in Damascus and become clean?” He was very angry and turned to leave.
13 But Naaman’s servants went to him and talked to him. They said, “Father, if the prophet told you to do some great thing, you would do it, isn’t that right? But he said, ‘Wash, and you will be pure and clean.’”
Elisha gave Naaman some pretty simple instructions to be healed but Naaman wanted more.  He was, afterall, a very important man!  He deserved a production!  He deserved a show! These simply instructions seemed to insult him.  Thankfully, his servant talked some sense into him and he followed the directions and was healed.  Sometimes the simple solution really is the answer!  It doesn’t all have to be hard and complicated.  Sometimes, in life, we really do make it harder than it has to be.  Keep it simple!

Holy God,
Sometimes we make things so messy and complicated when it really is just as simple as can be. Love is simple, kindness is simple, compassion is simple. Help us, Lord, to live simply.  Amen.




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