“If you will not,” said Naaman, “please let me, your servant, be given as much earth as a pair of mules can carry, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the Lord. But may the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I have to bow there also—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord forgive your servant for this.” “Go in peace,” Elisha said.

– 2 Kings 5:17-19a (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Naaman had just been healed of leprosy and realized that the God of Elisha is the true God, but Naaman had a dilemma; his work required him to do things that go against his newfound beliefs. Yet instead of correcting Naaman, Elisha blessed him. Sometimes we are in situations that have no easy answers, but as long as we stay in touch with God (the earth of Israel) in the midst of those challenging circumstance (the temple of Rimmon), God will bless us.

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