1/26 - "So (Naaman) went down and dipped himself seven times in the
Jordan, according to the word of the man of God (Elisha), and his flesh
was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean." (2
Kings 5:14 - ESV) This is from the familiar story of Naaman - who had
leprosy - and Elisha, the prophet of God. Yet today, God has the power
to heal instantaneously, but most often heals through the medication
that He has given to mankind. Either way, it is still God who heals.
"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone
is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken."
(Psalm 62:5-6 - NIV) Following the thought in yesterday's Reading,
there are times in our lives when illness or an accident puts us - or
someone we love - in dire straits. At such times, remember the words
of the Psalmist above. And always remember that God is still in control
over everything in life.
1/28 - "I am not
ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to
everyone who believes." (Romans 1:16a - ESV) The Gospel - the Good
News of Jesus saving us from our sins - is the reason that we can always
find comfort in God's dealings with us - no matter if the outward
circumstances might seem to differ. God has shown His everlasting love
for us in the Gospel. So we are never
ashamed of the Gospel.
1/29 - "Repay no one evil
for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of
all." (Romans 12:17 - ESV) While God's ways are always motivated out
of His love for us, He does expect His children to show love toward one
another as well. This is what Paul is talking about in today's
Reading. God can help us in this too.
"And behold, a leper came to (Jesus) and knelt before Him, saying,
'Lord, if You will, You can make me clean.'" (Matt. 8:2 - ESV) We
conclude this week with the same thought that we started this week -
God's power to heal. When illness strikes us or a loved one, we never
know at the time just how things will progress. But one thing we can
always know is that God will be there with us (or the loved one) so that
nothing will happen unless it is in God's will for us. We can
always take comfort in that knowledge.