Text: 2 Kings 5-7; Psalm 87
Naaman, commander of the army of Syria, has leprosy. He needs and seeks help to be cured, knowing it will take a miracle. In the end, he is cured and gives glory to God. Along the way, he bumps into two obstacles that are too common in the lives of God’s people.
The first obstacle is found in the heart of the king of Israel when he receives Naaman’s request for help from God via Israel’s prophet.
…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 sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? (2 Kings 5:7).
When we are presented with a problem, do we actually trust that God is able to solve it?
The second obstacle comes when Naaman is told how God will heal him. Elisha sends instructions to Naaman to dunk himself in the river Jordan seven times. Naaman’s first response?
Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. (2 Kings 5:11).
When God speaks, do we listen and obey, or do we let our own expectations about how He should work cause us to balk?
Thankfully, Naaman’s servants persuade him to do as God says, and in then Naaman’s leprosy is healed.
in Him, Mike