Bible Reading: 2 Kings 15:1-19
I truly love the story of Naaman! I imagine a mighty warrior who is respected by his king, admired by his fellow soldiers, and loved by the people he fights for and protects. He is in an almost dream-like position among the people, and yet not many people would dare swap places with him. Why wouldn’t they swap places with the amazing Naaman? 2 Kings 15:1 ends by telling us, “[Naaman] was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.” Naaman had power and prestige, but he could do nothing with the disease that would eventually claim his life.
Through a set of circumstances that only God could orchestrate, Naaman finds himself at the front door of Elisha’s house. What we see unfold from here is the battle between pride and humility. Elisha does not come and put on a healing show in front of Naaman. Elisha actually does not even come out to meet the mighty man of valor! Instead, Elisha’s servant acts as a messenger and tells Naaman to go dip himself in the Jordan River seven times. Naaman is furious. He expected a grand showing on his behalf, but he only received the words of a lowly messenger. Thanks to the wise counsel of one of his own servants, Naaman agrees to enter the Jordan River, and finds himself cleansed. Naaman has been healed physically, but his heart was also made clean that day.
Application: More often than not, we tend to get in our own way. Because Naaman desired a grand gesture on Elisha’s part, he almost missed a healing. Sometimes we expect God to make grand gestures on our behalf as well. We want to see God part the skies, cause the sun to shine down on us extra brightly, and have heavenly glitter rain on us and fix our problems. God is able to do that, but His desire is to grow our faith in the work He does. He teaches us humility, perseverance, and obedience. God can and does heal and answer prayers, but there is also more that He does we don’t always see. Be confident and courageous in your prayers, knowing that God will work in your life and in your heart.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for taking notice of me and for hearing my prayers. Thank you for going above and beyond all that I have ever asked you. Thank you for teaching me to be more like Christ in how I live in this world. I love you. Amen.