The One About Two Donkeys and Some Soil

So Naaman had come to Israel and he had been healed by God. But before he went home, he asked for some soil (as much as two of his donkeys could carry). What was that all about?

All this happened a long time ago and the people of the time believed that their gods were territorial. So, in asking for some soil from Israel, Naaman was essentially saying,

‘I have to go home, but I need to take your God with me’ .

One of the strange things about this story is that Elisha could have explained that God is everywhere and that Naaman didn’t need any soil to meet with him, but instead, Elisha says, ‘go in peace’.

What Elisha appreciated that we perhaps don’t was that this was a culturally appropriate way for Naaman to show that he to stay close to God.

How about us, do we want to know that God is with us?

We actually have no choice, because God is everywhere. God may me with us always, but we have the choice as to whether we acknowledge him or not.

Do we want God to be with us and will we be led by him?

How desperate are we to have his presence with us?

Naaman was willing to go to some effort to keep God with him. How much effort do we put into our relationship with God?

You can read more about Naaman’s story in 2 Kings 5.

‘Better compost’ image by normanackhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/29278394@N00/2457055952/CC BY 2.0

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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