Text: II Kings 5:1-16
This was about a man named Naaman and he was a leper. He found out that there was a prophet in Samaria that could help him get well. The prophet’s name was Elisha.
Naaman stood at the door of the house of Elisha. Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman telling him to wash in river Jordan seven times for him to be healed. Naaman was pissed off. He thought Elisha would just pray for him then and there, and he would be healed! He didn’t expect to do some work! He was also furious by the fact that it should be river Jordan in which he should wash with. Jordan wasn’t the best river in Israel at that time. Some would describe it muddy, others would even call it dirty. He complained “Why not river Abana or river Pharpar? Of all the rivers, why do I have to wash in river Jordan?! WHYYYYYYYY?!!” *insert dramatic tantrum*
Now as I was reading this, I found Naaman relatable. I realized that sometimes I am Naaman. Sometimes, we are Naaman. When we have problems, we ask God what we should do. When the Lord gave us instructions that aren’t in favor for us, we complain.
“Do I really have to do that?”
“Isn’t there any other way?”
“Well, there’s this option. Why can’t I just do this? I think this is better!”
“Does it really have to be Jordan?”
“Why can’t I just wash in Abama?”
Heard that in a familiar voice? Thought so.
Another thing that I observed with the story is that the instruction wasn’t even that hard. He just had to dip himself in that river seven times! Sure, maybe Jordan stinks a bit but he wasn’t asked to stay there for hours!
You see, sometimes we think it’s too hard. It’s probably just unpleasant at times. When given some task, we complain because it wasn’t inside our comfort zone. And maybe, the instructions are really really hard to obey occasionally. But when the Lord says that this is what we should do, do we really have a choice?
Naaman’s servants convinced him to do it eventually. And he did. He dipped himself into the river Jordan and he was cleaned! It is about humbling yourself before God and trusting his plans for you. Remember that His ways are higher than ours!
When the Lord says “This is the way.”, most of the time there aren’t so many options to consider and we just have to do it!