If You Judge by Appearances You Will Miss Your Moment with God

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 14

“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.

–2 Kings 5:12 (ESV)

To those who are small, God reveals himself even in the smallest of things. But as for those who are great, and who care only about appearances, they cannot find him even in the greatest of things.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

What happened to Naaman will happen to us all eventually. Our sensibilities will be challenged like his were, even though our circumstances are so much different.

Naaman was a military commander in Syria, but he went to Israel seeking to be healed of leprosy. The prophet Elisha simply instructed him to wash in the Jordan River seven times. This was a stumbling block to Naaman. The task was beneath him; the river was beneath him; these were instructions a prophet might give to a poor man, but not to the great commander of the Syrian army.

As for you, your Jordan River is not far away. You are already in it, whether you know it or not. It is everything that is happening to you right here and now. This is why you will inevitably be challenged like Naaman was. You will live through moments that do not seem to have any redeeming spiritual value. When this happens, remember that the only problem is your misguided judgment.

Naaman changed his mind, obeyed the prophet, and was healed. We know that the healing power was in the word of God, not the waters of the Jordan. Likewise, the present moment has sanctifying power by virtue of the will and order of God. And God will use humble moments to do a great spiritual work in your life.


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