2 Kings 5:1-15
When I read the story of Naaman many folks who preach on his story always talk bad about how his attitude was, but if you look at your life compared to Naaman’s you will see that we are no different then he was when it came to our attitudes.
Lets look at his background shall we? He was one of the greatest military leaders of his time, if we had to compare him to our military leaders we would say someone like Colin on Powell. Naaman had earned the love and respect of his king. With all the strength he had Naaman suffered from a terrible disease of Leprosy. His king heard of a man by the name of Elisha the prophet who healed folks, and so with great expectations he sent Naaman off to see this great man.
But something happen when he arrived at the prophet’s house, Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman and told him to wash in the Jordan seven time, and your flesh shall be restored to you , and you shall be cleaned. But Naaman became furious and went away saying, “indeed he will surely come out to see me and stand and call on the name of the Lord His God and wave his hand over the place and heal the leprosy. Are not the Abaah and the Pharpar the rivers of Damascus better than all he waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean? By this time Naaman was in rage, and he left without being healed.
As the story goes on one of his servants came to him and said “my father, of the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more than when he says to you, wash and be clean? And so Naaman went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the sayings of God and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean. Naaman returned to the man of God and said” indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, expect in Israel, now therefore please take a gift from your servant.
We can learn a great lesson from Naaman, number one Naaman wanted a quick fix, he didn’t want to dip in the Jordan he thought it was better to be dipped in the Damacus river. Secondly, because he was a great leader he expected special treatment, your position has nothing to do with God. God’s not interested in your position, he’s interested in your heart. Thirdly, Naaman held certain assumptions about a solution to his problem, you and I think we know what’s best for us when only God knows what’s best for us. Number five he became so angry that this perception of treatment was unfair, he felt that Elisha the prophet should have meet him face-to-face. He was out-raged that the prophet of God sent a messenger to him. God will always meet our needs according to His word, and He will send whom ever HE pleases.
Yesterday’s Bible Trivia Question: What disciple was stoned to death? Stephen was the one who was stoned