• Joseph F. Kolapudi

Daring to Try

Have you found yourself questioning your desire to try? In most circumstances, we attempt to make things happen on our own watch, especially if we feel the pressure to do so because of unwanted expectations.

Being in a role within a mission organisation, it can be a constant challenge to try new things. However, I have found that not all things are worth trying, especially if for short-term gain. I have recently been challenged to address that assumption.

In Scripture, we find a man who came from a foreign land to seek God’s will. He had a severe case of leprosy, and a prophet told him to go and take a dip in the local river to be healed. Not wanting to even try, he turned around and went off in a rage. But his confidant gave him some timely advice.

Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.”

- 2nd Kings 5:13-14

It took a risk to be rewarded, and he received the blessing of the Lord just by trying things God’s way.

Perhaps we can take a lesson and do the same.

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