2 Kings 5:11: “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.”
I had my own ideas of how God would heal me from cancer and expand my ministry. I was like Naaman, the commander of the army of the king of Aram, but God had his plan.
According to chapter five, Naaman went to the king of Israel with a letter from the king of Aram, silver, gold, and clothing. He expected the king would heal him because of his position, impressive letter of recommendation and riches. Don’t we think that way sometimes?
The prophet Elisha told the king of Israel to send Naaman to him. Naaman went with his horses and chariots, but Elisha didn’t answer the door. He sent a messenger instead.
Naaman felt insulted especially when Elisha’s message was to wash seven times in the Jordan River. After all, the rivers of Damacus were better than any of the waters of Israel. Don’t we sometimes act haughty too?
Naaman returned home but went again to Israel and obeyed God. Verse 14 says, “His flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.”
Like Naaman, I had to follow God’s plan, tolerate cancer treatment, and watch God enlarge my ministry his way.
Dear God, help me rely on you for results and not on my possessions or position. Amen.
Application: What preconceived ideas does God want you to surrender this week for him to work in your life?
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