Naaman’s Expectations

The other day, I was reminded of one person who struggled with leprosy. He wasn’t the likely outcast. He was popular and very influential man. He had expectations that he would be received the same way, when he approached a man of God. He went for healing. He went from popular to an outcast (of a sort) in need of divine intervention. Maybe, we find ourselves there too. Let’s listen to part of his story.

So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.”

11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! 12 Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage. – 2 Kings 5

Naaman’s unwillingness could potentially keep him as a leprous man. He had the cure within reach. When confronted by his officers, it is only then that he does what Elisha, a man of God, told him to do – in order to be cured.

I wonder if we do the same thing. Jesus Christ is our cure. God loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to the cross, to take on our sins, and through Him we have eternal, new, abundant life. That new life begins now. We don’t have to keep on living as though we are some sort of outcast. We need to consider how we have rejected God’s healing through our own unwillingness or pride.

Reflection Activities:

  1. How are you needing healing today? It may be physically or a situation you are facing.
  2. In what ways can we cause our healing to be delayed?
  3. Humbly come before God, acknowledging He is able and healer of all. Spend time in prayer and invite strong followers of Christ to counsel you. These men with Naaman were an important part in Naaman’s healing.

Further Reading:  Isaiah 61:1; Proverbs 12:15

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