Man remained blindfolded and could not see what God is capable of doing
From human angle, anyone that is weak is often written off as good for nothing but the Almighty God says in Isaiah 55: 8-9 (NKJV) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor your ways are not my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”. By the same token in Corinthian 1: 27 we read: “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (NKJV) The words of God are replete with examples of where HE used apparent weaklings or un-informed or un-educated people to achieve his aims and objectives in the affairs of mankind. David, in ordinary human consideration, was an obvious mismatch to Goliath’s glowing battle field records. God used the young David untested in the art professional fighting like Goliath – a war veteran. Goliath berated the ruddy David to the extent of blasphaming the God of Israel to his detriment and complete disaster.
Think of the four lepers who out of desperation for their ruined life chose to surrender themselves to the enemies’ camp hoping to get food or be killed by those enemies that have laid siege on Samaria. God amplified their footsteps in the ears of the enemies as if armies mightier than theirs had been brought against them. In fear and trembling they abandoned their food, weapons and jewelries for dear life. By Jewish tradition in those days, lepers were banished from the community dejected, defenseless and were waiting for death to take them away. ll Kings 7 :1-end recorded the story of Elisha and the Syrians. Elisha prophesied a twenty-four hour end to a great famine in Samaria. God used four lepers to bring to an end the saga of sorrow and anguish whereas, the king’s right hand man who doubted God’s ability to do accordingly saw the plenty but was not able to partake from the food which became more than enough. He was trampled over after seeing how the prophetic windows of heaven had been opened up according to the prophet.
The King, Princes, and high-ranking officers in the kingdom failed to bring succor to Samaria but banished, abandoned, ostracized and rejected ones were used to end a terrible siege on Samaria. So also it was the Jewish house-help that alerted Naaman’s wife that a prophet was capable of healing Naaman’s leprosy. By honoring the advice of the lowly slave girl the great but leprous Naaman was healed. Therefore, neither look down on nor talk down anyone considered to be poor, meek or even homeless.
From human angle, when there is an action a reaction usually follows. Generally the type of action determines the mode of action that follows or put in the perspective of cause and effect. No one can separate what man does from what samples recorded in the Words of God. Cain killed Abel and was cursed. Gehazi went behind Prophet Elisha to collect gifts from Naaman and was afflicted with leprosy. Achan, covetously took accursed war booties during the fall of Jericho and he perished with his household. Therefore there is no surprise if those who outwardly show love but inwardly are as vicious as the serpent, are paid in their own coin like being cursed, dismissed from work, or get a recall from political high office. The US Public Service is replete with such people. Indeed it is all over the world.
People having the “Fig Tree Syndrome” easily mislead and provoke people’s annoyance when discovered. They ignite uncommon anger. “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6: 23. Such persons have lying spirit and they attract curses to themselves and possibly their household Matthew 18: 7. Believers should dishonor and dismiss them as fools. Once a while, one should learn to correct them by telling the truth. Educate people about the fig tree phenomenon in our everyday life and relationship with others. Pray God to deliver us from such people known to have the attitude. No one should fail to recognize the difference between good and evil. If the steadfast love of the Lord fails not, why then shall we not be Christ-like?
Never blindfold yourself amidst the splendor of God and His in-coming harbinger of peace. A lying or phony person should repent and change his/her way of life in order to be saved. Open the gate of his heart to receive the Lord Jesus, the harbinger of peace.
God is love and universal in scope. HE actually loves all whether Jew or gentile. The whole peoples of the world are His. God has no time for checking credentials to ascertain being Jew or Christian or any other religions of the world. In this part of the ongoing series on LOVE, God’s divine love was extended to Naaman, commander of the army of Syria. Syria at the time was enjoying victory over Israel, or seen as ‘enemy combatant’ that was not at peace with the people of God. The king of Syria, through the assurance of the captive girl from Israel sent Naaman to Prophet Elisha who only instructed thus: “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you and you shall be clean.”
Naaman thought Elisha was rude for not considering his status but was persuaded to do what the man of God directed him to do. In the end, he got completely healed. Pride and anger nearly deprived him of God’s divine love which was not up for grab or to the highest bidder. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases but it behoves us to obediently tap into this fountain of God’s compassionate love that transcends color or creed. Naaman realized the greatness of the God of Israel that has no equal in all gods in the world. ll King 5: 1-27