LIFE NUGGETS FROM NAAMAN
II Kings 5:1-14
II Kings 5:1, introduces Naaman in this way. “Now Naaman was 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.” (II Kings 5:1 – NIV).
Naaman was a mighty commander of the army of the king of Aram , a well-known valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
Bruce was a mighty man of God, a well-known articulate preacher of the Word and faithful member of the church, but he had “leprosy”, he had a habit of lying.
Susan was a mighty woman of God, a well-known melodic soloist and successful business professional but she had “leprosy”, he had an adulterous relationship.
Are you proficient, well-known and looked up to in your sphere of influence, perhaps in your family, business, church, profession, or community, but have “leprosy”, but have something in your life that is slowly eating away at you, some persistent, besetting sin, perhaps lying, greed, jealousy, envy, unforgiveness, adultery, fornication, pride, gossip, or some other attitude or behavior that God deems sinful?
A little girl taken captive from Israel who served Naaman’s wife as a maid told her that if only her master Naaman would go to see the prophet in Samaria he would cure him of his leprosy.
If you were the girl in captivity, would you be concerned about the well-being of your captors, or would you secretly rejoice in their affliction because they had afflicted you by taking you away from your family and making you a servant?
Who in your life is holding you captive in some way?
What is your attitude toward them?
Naaman went to his master, the king of Aram and told him what the girl had said. The king readily granted him permission to go and gave Naaman a letter for the king of Israel stating that he was sending Naaman to him that he may cure Naaman of his leprosy. The king did this in spite of the fact that the little girl had clearly stated that the prophet was the key to Naaman’s healing, not the king.
Are you seeking natural sources of power to cure your “leprosy” instead spiritual sources? Are you looking to man to do something in your life that you know only God can do?
When the king of Israel read the letter from the king of Aram, he freaked out. He tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy ? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!” (II Kings 5:7 – NIV)
Who in your life are you creating stress for because you expect them to do for you what only God can do or because you expect them to be to you who only God can be?…….Your spouse, your child, your friend, your neighbor, your co-worker, or some other family member?
When Elisha heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes in perplexity and despair, Elisha sent a message to the king telling him not to be disheartened but to simply have Naaman sent to him that Naaman will know there is a prophet in Israel. So Naaman went with all of his horses and chariots to Elisha’s house.
Have you ever been in a perplexing situation to which you had no solution and was therefore causing you much stress then someone came along and said don’t worry, they’d take care of it for you? What a blessing!
Now when Naaman, the mighty commander of the army of the king of Aram , the well-known valiant soldier arrived at Elisha’s door with all of his horses and chariots, Elisha did not come out to him. He instead sent a messenger to Naaman with this message, “Go wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” (II Kings 5:10 – NIV)
What was Naaman’s response? He went away furious!
Speaking of the prophet Elisha Naaman said, “I thought he would surely come out to me and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed? so he went off in a rage.”. (II Kings 5:11, 12 – NIV)
Have you ever been furious because you were not treated in a way that you expected, because you did not get the deference you felt you deserved as someone in your position or of your caliber? Do you suffer from “don’t you know who I am” syndrome?
Have you ever become enraged because the prescribed solution to your problem was senseless to you and an “insult to your intelligence”?
Have you ever thought you had a better answer to your problem or a better way of dealing with your problem than the one prescribed by God?
Fortunately, Naaman was surrounded by wise servants who encouraged their master to heed the prophet’s instructions. They 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!’ ” (II Kings 5:13 – NIV)
What kind of people do you surround yourself with? Are they people who give you wise godly counsel when you find yourself in a predicament or are they people whose counsel tends to exacerbate your circumstances, to make them worse?
Is there a problem persisting in your life because you refuse to follow God’s instructions and get your freedom; because you want to resolve the situation your way and not God’s way?
If so, what is holding you back….pride, fear, believing there is a better way, not truly wanting to be free?
To Naaman’s credit, he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan river seven times just as Elisha instructed and “his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a little boy”. (II Kings 5:14 – NIV)
Naaman conceded to God’s instruction that he received through the prophet Elisha and by doing exactly what God said, he got exactly what God promised, he was completely healed of his leprosy.
What has God instructed you to do that He says will completely heal you of your “leprosy”, of that persistent, besetting sin that is slowly eating away at your life?
Whether you face one instruction or a series of instructions from God, may the account of Naaman’s healing inspire you to obey God and receive your breakthrough in His way and in His time.
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