How Do You Say “Eureka”? – 2 Kings 5:15

Archimedes, a Greek mathematician, engineer, and physicist, was trying to figure out how to measure the volume of an irregular solid object and thereby determine the purity of a gold object. When he finally arrived at the solution, he supposedly exclaimed, “Eureka!”—or, “I found it!” (in Greek, of course).

What do you do when you find something for which you have been looking? Two things can be measured by your response: the value of the object of your search, and the gratitude you feel upon its discovery. For instance, what happens if you find the paper clip you dropped in your office? You don’t shout, “Eureka!” and tell your co-workers. You clip the papers and move on. And if you can’t find it, you instantly replace it with another one. Conclusion? An individual paper clip has little value in the workplace. It is cheap to begin with, easily replaced, and not worth the cost of the search.

But some things in life are more valuable than paper clips; they have infinite, immeasurable value. A pagan man in the Old Testament named Naaman had lost something that had great value to him: his health. Naaman and his king agreed to spend a considerable sum on gifts (750 pounds of silver and 150 pounds of gold, among other things) for the person who could heal his leprosy. When he was healed by the prophet Elisha, Naaman concluded that the world’s only true God was the God of Israel. Based on his confession and what he was willing to pay to regain his health (though Elisha refused the gifts), it was obvious that Naaman had found something of great value. In truth, he found more than health—he found life in the God of Israel (2 Kings 5:17-18).

Perhaps like Naaman, you have found that the world’s only true God does exist—the God revealed in creation and Scripture. If you have, there is only one gift that can express the value of what you have found; and it is the only gift God will accept—the gift of a heart devoted to Him. That’s how you say “Eureka!” in the kingdom of God.

God’s Promise to You: “Your heart is the most precious gift you can give to me.”

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  1. Thanks for witnessing and educating others with your blog. I appreciate your desire to transmit the faith and knowledge that you have acquired with others who are also on their journey, but by some measure at a point that is not so far along yet!

  2. We read in Romans 12.1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship.” With knowledge of what we have found in Christ, the only reasonable response is to present ourselves to Him as a living sacrifice, cleansed and made holy and acceptable by Him, given to Him for His use. Vs 2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” When we arrive in heaven, we will be in the presence of the Lord forever. How awesome that will be. However, we are only able to share the gospel and be used as instruments of reconciliation while here. We cannot do that once we are in heaven. We also can grow in faith in this life. In heaven our hope will become sight. We can only prove that God’s way is good and acceptable and perfect in this life also. In heaven everyone will know that. There will be no proving it. We have this window of opportunity and we do not know how long it will last.

  3. percival c. cruz

    thank you very much for this very inpirational message,, i feel im strong again , filled of spirit,, thank God.

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