Daily D – 2 Kings 5:13
But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’” 2 KINGS 5:13 (NLT)
COVID has complicated many things. Air travel is more complicated. Work is complicated. Having a loved one in the hospital is complicated. A pastor told my coworker and me about a little boy in his church who fell out of a second-story window and crushed his head. He had emergency surgery and was in the hospital for weeks but could not have visitors.
Going anywhere in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex requires a face covering. Going to the grocery store for a loaf of bread because you had to eat Ritz crackers and peanut butter for lunch yesterday? Wear a facemask. Getting some extra chunky peanut butter because you ate all of that, too? Keep your facemask on as you walk the aisles of the grocery store.
Going to church on Sunday? Please register in advance because only a limited crowd may attend. Oh yeah, and wear a facemask. Do not shake hands with anyone. Thou shalt not give holy hugs. Sit only in the designated spaces. Keep your six-foot bubble in place at all times.
There is no EASY button for COVID. Wanna Get Away? Southwest Airlines will take you, and they have a nice fare sale going on, but remember to bring lots of hand sanitizer, wipes, and a facemask.
Life feels harder than it has to be right now. One of the reasons it feels this way, indeed that it is this way, is that some people know their rights and demand them. They will not be forced to wear a facemask. Becoming a modern-day Typhoid Mary or Mark never really crosses their minds. After all, they are the exception to every rule.
Paul Harvey used to say, “Self-government will not work without self-discipline.” The last couple of months have demonstrated the truth of this statement. Pandemic and protest have met and accelerated the spread of this dread virus to all kinds of people of all ages. The number of cases dramatically declined when everyone followed the wise guidance of medical professionals who are specialists in contagious disease. What would happen if we followed their guidance again? It’s not that hard to imagine.
Naaman had a skin disease. He was the commander of Aram’s army. He heard about Elisha from a girl taken as a captive. The king of Aram sent him to see Elisha. Elisha told him to go to the Jordan River and dip himself seven times. Naaman was upset. He thought Elisha would make a big show out of it. He expected arms waving, shouts to heaven, and dramatic flashes of heavenly light. Instead, Elisha did not even step out of the house to greet Naaman. Indeed, he sent someone outside to give Naaman simple words of instruction.
Naaman was ticked off. Wash in the muddy water of the Jordan? There were two superior rivers where he came from. Dip seven times? Play a solitaire version of Marco Polo? And look like an idiot doing it?
But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’”
So Naaman sucked up his pride and took a bath. He was cleansed and healed from head to toe. He was humbled. He was extravagantly grateful.
It wasn’t that complicated. Why make it harder than it had to be? All he had to do was get all wet and bob up and down like a cork on a fishing line.
All we have to do to reverse the spread of COVID is wear a mask, wash our hands, and stay home as much as possible. That’s exactly what I plan to do right after I go to Kroger for some more bread and peanut butter. Where did I leave my facemask?
I will practice self-discipline in deference to others.
Our Father, pride makes us turn simple things into significant complications. Deliver us from pride and all its complications. Empower us to discipline ourselves so that we do not harm another with our liberty and are not harmed by the liberty of others. Remind us as often as necessary how rights are always accompanied by responsibilities. Make us part of the solution and not part of the problem. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.