Daily Devotion on 2 Kings 5:1-16
Text: 2 Kings 5:1-16
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?
I imagine that most of us thought of something in or on our bodies that we would change if we could. I am fairly confident that if you had asked this question of Naaman he would have told you that he would give anything to rid himself of the leprosy that was taking over his body and eating his flesh.
Our human bodies are broken. They are only a shadow of the perfect bodies originally created by God. No amount of plastic surgery, no amount of steroids, diets, hormones or gene therapy will ever stop our broken bodies from getting old, falling apart and dying.
The young man in the prime of his life may feel indestructible, but ask that same young man if he feels the same when his knee is shattered. Ask that same question when he turns 80 and just getting out of bed in the morning is a chore because of achy, stiff joints that just don’t work the way they used to.
It is a sad thing to realize that the outward decay of our bodies is a result of the inward corruption of our souls. This whole world, including each and every one of us, has been destroyed by sin. The once beautiful creation of our loving God is now a broken down, empty shell of what it used to be.
How amazing it is that our God loves us enough to offer the remedy that our leprous bodies and souls need! In Jesus we are cleansed from the inside out. Jesus’ death covers our sinful hearts in holy blood. Jesus’ death opens the door of heaven for us. Jesus’ death means that when we die our every wound will be healed and we will spend eternity in perfection. Jesus promised that in this would we will have trouble, but we all can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world!
Prayer: Heavenly Father we ask that you would use our earthly infirmities to remind us that heaven is our home. We praise and thank you for sending Jesus to heal all our wounds. Help us to keep our eyes focused on heaven as we live on this earth. In you we have hope of perfection. In you we have peace. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.