Faith is Spelled R-I-S-K

Based on a devotional presented by Denise Miller Holmes at Words for the Journey, 2012.

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

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?

Are you too uncertain to go out and do it? Many Christians are.

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?

And Naaman’s response was the same as many of us—That’s ridiculous! In fact, he got angry. He’d expected that Elisha would pray over him and command the disease to leave, but Elisha told him to do something illogical.

Naaman traveled a long way to get what he thought was silly 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 an answer to my problem, 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 him 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, to what adventure has God called you? 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.

This post is similar to a post on called Crazy Faith.

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