Do you need healing but you want it on your own terms? Here is how to find out your healing is in your humility as you take the first step.
Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper (2Kings 5:1).
The author attributes Naaman’s greatness and success to God’s sovereignty. Naaman was a military leader of one of the region’s most powerful nations, Syria; he was a man of position, prestige, power, and wealth, an admired hero, but also a leper. Leprosy (generic for many skin diseases) was feared because of social rejection as well as the physical suffering it caused. You may have gained all the material things, the fame, the wealth, honor according to world standard, but there is a problem in your life that all your riches cannot make it right or solve except the Lord. “Then she said to her mistress, if only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy (2Kings 5:3).”
When the Syrians went out to raid, a young Israeli captive girl was brought to the house of Naaman, who waited on Naaman’s wife. And she told her mistress about the prophet Elisha who can heal his husband’s leprosy. Who knows maybe her presence in Naaman’s house at that time was to draw his attention to the only true God? For God uses the weak to humble the mighty. Naaman was a great man, she was a young girl. He was Aramean, she was an Israelite. He was a commander; she was a captive. He had fame; she was a servant. Do not disregard that person in your life, who is below your standard or serves you for he or she might be in your life for a purpose, for the Lord is not a respecter of persons.
Naaman became furious when Elisha sent messengers to tell him to go and wash himself in the Jordan river seven times, because he thought he is an important personality and Elisha should submit to him by coming out to meet him for there were better rivers in Syria than in Israel. But for the intervention of his servant, his pride would have deprived him of his healing. No one should seek a display of God’s power without first submitting to Him. The cure for Naaman’s spiritual need (his true problem) was to humble himself (Luke 5:12). Elisha’s counsel would force him to set aside his pride and his preconceived notions and trust God, even though he had hoped for a more dignified healing process.
- Is your pride preventing you from receiving your healing?
- Do you think highly of yourself than others?
Prayer: Father, You are the God of the heavens and earth who knows the end from the beginning. I do not want to be prideful, help me to humble myself to receive all the blessings You have for me. Amen!
Read: 2 Kings 5:1-14