I can certainly relate to Naaman in II Kings 5. Naaman was a sick man, the dreaded leper who would be shunned by all and sent out to live completely isolated, if he was not healed. So, he went to the healer of the day, Elisha. Elisha politely sends out a messenger to tell Naaman to go and dunk himself in the Jordan seven times and he would be healed. I thought the instructions simple. I also thought if I was him, I would do just as he was told by the man of God! But, no, Naaman became furious about the way he was to be healed, the particular river, and the fact that Elisha instructed him through the messenger. Naaman wanted Elisha to come out and wave his hand over him and poof, healing! Well, I am responding just like him. I am a Naaman.
Jesus, I have also come to You to be healed. Like Naaman, I have my own thoughts of how that should be accomplished. Because my healing is not happening the way I think it should, I add anger to the mix! I invite You In as I thank You that Your will and Your Way is perfect and You will work that in me. You are more than able to do for me what I cannot do for myself and You are accepting of my anger, too!
Lord, You spoke to me through Pastor Kenneth Copland who stated, “I quit looking for feelings and spectacular manifestations and just started to expect God to keep His Word.”1
As I Invite You In, I ask You to escort me to the Jordan. I need to jump in seven times!
2 Kings 5:10-11 – 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.” 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.’ (NASB)
Psalms 119:160 – The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. (NASB)
John 17:17 – Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. (NASB)
2 Kings 5:13-14 – And his servants came near and said to him, “My father, if the prophet had bid you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much rather, then, when he says to you, Wash and be clean?” Then he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, as the man of God had said, and his flesh was restored like that of a little child, and he was clean. (NASB)
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