Doing What It Takes
Today’s scripture selection: Second Kings 1-5
Key verses: Second Kings 5:14
Naaman wasn’t just anybody.
The scripture says he was “the 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 he had leprosy.” That says it all, doesn’t it?
Strong, fearless, greatly admired, and deathly ill.
So, he asks for help from God’s prophet, Elisha.
Actually, Naaman appeals to the king for help after learning about Elisha from an Israelite girl who happens to be Naaman’s wife. The king responds admirably. He sends Naaman with money – lots of it – and a personal letter, king to king, from the king of Aram to the king of Israel.
One thing happens after another – and soon Naaman has his response from the prophet. He is told to go wash in the Jordan and he will be healed.
This is where it gets interesting.
Because, at first, instead of being pleased – Naaman is furious. “I thought 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.”
He doesn’t even like the choice of river. “Are not the Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel?”
So off he goes “in a rage.”
Lucky for him – his servants – his servants of all people – convince him this is foolish. So he does what he has been told to do – and he is healed. In repentance, he realizes how great the God of Israel, and his prophet, is.
Isn’t it funny? Sometimes we are so proud; so sure; so confident that we know what is best and what must be done – in order to be “healed” of our own spiritual maladies.
Then a great prophet comes along and says, in essence, “get over yourself.” Do what needs to be done – humbly follow the counsel of God. And that is when we are healed.
It takes humility. We may even have to admit we didn’t know what we were talking about. But isn’t the healing worth it?
Prayer: Lord, humbly I come to you for healing and wholeness. Restore me as needed – whatever it takes. AMEN.