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I may not see in front of me, But I can see for miles around when I look over my shoulder, and Lord, it`s clear. You`ve brought me here, So faithful every step of the way. What can I do but follow you, For You are the Way, the Truth, the Life, And You`ve promised never to leave me, My Savior, my friend, From beginning to end.

I Am Found In You by Steven Curtis Chapman
Naaman 5
By: Ron Edmondson Monday, March 10, 2014
Originally Published: 11/16/2001
But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went off in a rage. 2 Kings 5:11-12 NIV

Naaman expected a miracle. He thought surely Elisha would have a magic potion to sprinkle on him, or he would wave his hand, say a few magic words, and ďpoofĒ, the leprosy would be gone. Thatís the way he was used to seeing it work. Thatís the way the magicians do it back home. Wash in a river? Whatís that all about?

Naaman wanted substance to his miracle. He wanted action. He wanted greatness, because he himself was considered great! Elisha burst his bubble when he suggested such a menial task to Naaman.

Sure, we can be hard on Naaman, canít we? How dare you Naaman! You should be proud that Elisha even addressed your concern. Whereís your respect and decency? Whereís you humility before our God? Easy to criticize, hard to realize how similar we are to Naaman sometimes.

Do you sometimes just want the big miracle? I mean, how hard would it be for God to just wave His hand over our problems and make everything alright? Heís God isnít He? What do you mean we have to trust Him? What do you mean we need to learn to wait on Him? What do you mean we have to continue to obey Him until something happens? We want results, and we typically want them now!

Help me out here. Am I alone in this practice? Do you too struggle to wait on God? Do you look to God as your hocus pocus God sometimes; expecting Him to grant us our every wish? Do you struggle to trust and obey?

Naaman is not alone in his struggles. Iím right there with you Naaman! Iím learning to trust Him more, each and every day!

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