God Chose A Dirty River

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T’was the humble river of Samaria, called Jordan. There were many much greater than it, much cleaner, much more popular. Members of high society probably wanted no association with it, choosing to go to more honorable and cleaner places for water. The poor and lowly were its most frequent partakers and guests. Even the poor hurried there, not wanting more people than necessary to see them at the Jordan. It was looked down upon as the dirty, the humble! Animals were probably there often, drinking of its humble water, and ambling through the mud on the banks. It’s water was plentiful but unpopular.

And Elisha sent messenger into him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and they flesh shall come again to thee, and though shalt be clean. -2 Kings 5:10

God could have chosen a great river, popular for its cleanliness, to have Naaman wash in. But He chose the Jordan, the humble, dirty, and looked down upon to demonstrate His power!

But Namman… Said, behold, I thought He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of The Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place and recover the leper. And his servant came near, and spake into him, and said “My father if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather than, when he saith to thee, wash and be clean?” Then went he down and dipped himself seven times in Jordan according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 2 Kings 5:11, 13, and 14

No doubt the story of the miraculous healing of the king would be spread all over the world and was one of the greatest miracles in that day. Yet God chose to heal the proud king of Syria by His power, working through the humble river!

How often do we find ourselves thinking that God will choose to demonstrate his power through the honorable, respected, and seemingly perfect? When truly God loves to demonstrate His power through the humble, the weak, and the imperfect.

His strength and power shines brightest when our strength is gone.

It’s not about us the vessel and how ‘good’ we are, it’s about God and his goodness, amazing grace, and power that chooses to do mighty things through the humble and imperfect vessels.

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