2 Kings 5:9-12
9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house.
10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.”
11 But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.
12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.
Naaman did go to see the man of God, Elisha, to be healed from leprosy, but he still wanted to set the conditions. First, Naaman was upset when Elisha sent the messenger, telling Naaman to go wash in the Jordan seven times. Naaman thought he was important enough for Elisha himself to come out, and heal Naaman according to the plan Naaman had fixed in his mind.
Then, when he was told to go wash in the Jordan River, that really threw Naaman off. Apparently there were much better rivers around, according to Naaman, so he got upset and left in a rage.
Let’s honestly look at ourselves. If we go to the altar in church for prayer, do we look for our Lead Pastor to pray of us, or one whom we deem “special” or “closer to God” than others?
If we can’t have who we desire pray for us, do we leave the area, thinking we will wait for another time?
Naaman also did not like the idea of washing himself in the Jordan River. He thought other rivers were better. Again, Naaman wanted to plan it out, having God heal him, according to his own plans, not in God’s way.
When we seek God, do we have a “preferred way”, namely our own way, for God to act? Do we at times pray in a manner, telling God what to do, as well as how to do it?
2 Kings 5:13-14
13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 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.
Naaman finally did go to the Jordan River, washed himself, and was cleansed and healed of the leprosy, after his servants convinced him. God’s way worked.
If God did not bend to our way of thinking and planning, and we followed His directions, was there success, was there healing, victory, answered prayer?
What were the feelings like after all that time, anger, frustration passed, and there was victory in Jesus Name?