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Crazy Faith

Posted By Denise Miller Holmes on Saturday

Savvy Article #1204

Has God asked you to do something ridiculous? Something illogical? Something that He says will accomplish healing, or greatness, or peace, even though you don’t see how it could?

Welcome to Crazy Faith.

Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.” ~ II Kings 5:10

In the above verse, Elisha tells an Aramaic general, Naaman, to wash in the Jordan seven times, and promises that the man will be healed of leprosy. How crazy is that?

Right now, God has been impressing on me that He wants to do bigger things in my life, and that, if I’m to follow Him to these bigger things, I need closure over a certain past occurrence. The way He is telling me to do this does not seem rational. I’ve tried something like this before, but, under normal circumstances, got nothing. Why will this action He’s been impressing on me bring me closure now?

In so many ways my response is similar to Naaman’s. When he received the instruction from the prophet Elisha to wash in the Jordan, he became angry. Elisha was not following along with Naaman’s expectations. Naaman wanted to be healed, and Elisha wasn’t going to perform the logical treatment.

Instead, Elisha told Naaman what seemed to have nothing to do with being healed. Naaman traveled a long way to get what he thought was ridiculous news.

But his servants convinced him to bathe, he did, and was healed! He performed an illogical act and got his miracle!

I’ve come to the conclusion that my understanding of how the act connects to the results doesn’t matter. In fact, the craziness of it might be the point. So, if He tells me that washing in the Jordan seven times will bring me closure, then I need to believe Him and simply do it.

This is called an act of obedience. From my past experience, acts of obedience can release great miracles.

Scripture is full of people who obeyed, did crazy things, and received miracles in return. These were times in the believer’s life when God called them to an adventure—a spiritual adventure where the believer had to go out of his comfort zone to find new and surprising treasure.

A spiritual teacher of mine once told me, “Faith is spelled R-I-S-K.”

So what adventure has God called you on? Is there something he’s told you to do that seems silly, illogical even?  I think it’s time to pack your gear, go out and face the adventure.  The worst that can happen is people will laugh at you. :D


About The Author

Denise Miller Holmes
Denise Miller Holmes enjoys teaching biblical topics, and especially researching and communicating what Christians believe about the world around them. She sometimes turns established viewpoints on end. A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Journalism, Denise also has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, and has been a Christian for over 35 years. She belongs to the writers’ groups Words for the Journey and American Christian Fiction Writers.

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  2. Faith is definitely spelled RISK! Otherwise, it would not be faith! I look forward to seeing the bigger things you are being called to, Denise!

  3. Tracy Sockriter says:

    Thank you, Denise.

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