Watch this Video: Tim Keller explains why we seek God, how we find Him, and why we can seek and find Him.
“No matter how well you believe you can create a designer life, there will always be something that will come in and ruin it. Always … No amount of success, no amount of power, no amount of achievement, no amount of savvyness, nothing can keep those things from coming to you. In fact, they will happen to you. And when they do, even the people who seem the most self sufficient, the most pulled-together, the most “they can handle life”, they’ll find themselves out of their depth.
Because you’ll know at that point. That it’s not just that spot, that moment you’re out of control in your life – and you never thought that would happen to you, but the fact that you will realize is that you were ALWAYS out of control.
Your life is fragile. You are vulnerable to all sorts of forces. And you’re blind to it, until something comes in and destroys the illusion of self-sufficiency.” – Tim Keller
2 Kings 5:1-14
Naaman Is Healed
5 Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master, and highly respected, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper.2 Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy.” 4 Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus spoke the girl who is from the land of Israel.”5 Then the king of Aram said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” He departed and took with him ten talents of silver and six thousandshekels of gold and ten changes of clothes.
6 He brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, “And now as this letter comes to you, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” 7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man is sending word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? But consider now, and see how he is seeking a quarrel against me.”
8 It happened when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent word to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Now let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman came with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha. 10 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.” 11 But Naaman was furious and went away and said, “Behold, I thought, ‘He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.’ 12 Are not Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dippedhimself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.