2 Kings 5:1 – Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
BUT…We can be a lot of things to a lot of people. We can have all the riches in the world, the best job, the most success. We can have the car of our dreams, the big house on a hill, wonderful children who speak gratitude with every sentence. We can have the biggest brains, smarts that could outwit anyone we know…BUT…
Whe is the sin in our lives? What is THE THING holding us back from enjoying all our blessings? As we search far and wide for answers to our dilemmas, where does our help really come from? Are we seeking the Lord, or outside influence?
God places people in our lives who may LOOK like the enemy, dress like the enemy; and we desire to mistreat them as if they ARE in fact the enemy, but they are really holding the keys to OUR deliverance.
Consider the faithful Israeli slave girl who by faith in God, opened her mouth and told those who saw her as an enemy what God alone could do.
2 Kings 5:9-14 – So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, washyourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” 11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. 13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.
How many times do people speak truth to us and we walk away angry and defeated because it isn’t what WE wanted to hear? I’ve done that too many times to count. BUT…obedience begins with humility.
The answers to our deliverance will not always be delivered in pretty packages tied up with string. BUT…God can use anything to accomplish His purposes, even the simple unpretentious commands can have an everlasting impact. Don’t allow the BUT’s in your life to take center stage. See things for what they can be!
I can let situations make me bitter, or I can help which would make me better.
Sometimes my flesh is leprous and I would rather act or speak against things instead of listening to what God is trying to tell me to do.
You can read 2 Kings 1-5 about the kingdom divided, Elisha’s ministry, and Naaman’s healing at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #2Kings
To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from
John 9:1-11 – As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. 8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” 10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
Whose report are we really listening to and invested in? Are you a Pharisee with your disbelief? Are you a believer but following the crowd so you don’t draw attention to yourself? Or are you the healed man, showing faith in every circumstance? God allows us to suffer for HIS glory, not our demise. Don’t complain about the way the Savior chooses to touch you! Be HEALED!