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Lord, help me to recognise Your voice in my life
Monday, 08 March 2021

Monday March 8 2021
3rd Week of Lent
2 Kgs. 5:1-15; Ps. 41:2,3; Ps. 42:3,4;
Lk. 4:24-30     (Ps Wk III)


In the Gospel, the people in the synagogue are angry at Jesus. Jesus has just reminded them of God’s assistance to the widow of Zarephath (1 Kgs 17:7-24) and God’s blessing of Naaman the Syrian (2 Kgs 5:1-15). Why were the people upset and angry? They found it difficult to believe God wanted to bless people outside of Israel.

Who is Naaman? He was a powerful commander in the Syrian army. Yet, he had a problem, an incurable disease — leprosy. In facing this challenge, Naaman was angry. Eventually, however, something deeper shone forth: humility. Naaman chose to trust a young Israeli slave girl’s advice, who suggested the prophet Elisha could cure him.

When he travelled to meet the prophet, Naaman was surprised. Elisha did not go out to pray over Naaman or even meet him. Instead, Elisha simply indicated that Naaman should wash in the local river. Naaman interpreted this as an insult, yet, he put aside his pride and humbly obeyed Elisha’s simple suggestion. As a result, Naaman was healed entirely.

Pride obstructs the work of God in our lives. In contrast, when we choose to humbly obey the voice of Christ (even when it comes in unexpected ways), we open ourselves to great blessing.

Lord, help me to recognise Your voice in my life and grant me the desire to obey humbly.

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