2010-06-28 - Squeaky Clean
2 Kings 5:1-3, 9-16
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. (2 Kings 5:14)
When was the last time you were disappointed? Were you justified in your assessment? For commander-in-chief Naaman, his disappointment was short-lived, when he moved away from his healthy ego.
Some may call him a war hero, but his skin disease, leprosy, overshadowed that glory. It was recommended Naaman go see the prophet Elisha, in Samaria, in the hopes of getting rid of the leprosy. A messenger, via Elisha, told him to wash in the Jordan River seven times, and then Naaman would be totally healed of leprosy.
Naaman traveled all that way, to hear that he needed to take a bath! Elisha didn't even give Naaman the news in person. Naaman walked off, he was so mad. Let down, really. Naaman must have thought Elisha could just wave his hand over the leprosy, call on the name of God, and he would be healed. Naaman's officers tried to reason with him, that he should try what the prophet Elisha suggested. Swallowing one's pride is not always easy nor fun, but finally Naaman put his dignity aside and followed Elisha's instructions.
I visualize Naaman tentatively going into the water, hoping that no one was watching, his self-consciousness getting the better of him. He may have felt a little silly, but you know what? Naaman was healed. His skin was even better than it was before he received the disease, healthy as a young child's. His healing did not happen until Naaman turned his focus back to God, instead of paying attention to human emotion. Naaman humbly returned to Elisha, and told him he had no reservations that God existed, and offered gifts to Elisha - but the prophet refused. Naaman urged; Elisha declined, and Naaman relented.
Lord, I want healing as Naaman received. I know You can and will do the same for me, for we are both Your children and special in Your eyes. May I keep my faith and obedience in You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.