Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lordhis God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ Are not the Abanah and the 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. 2 Kings 5:9-12
Ever notice how God always asks for a ‘just don’t make no sense’ kind of obedience? Naaman was told to dunk 7 times in the muddy Jordan river to get his leprosy healed. His reaction: ‘What the heck? The preacher didn’t even come out, he sent his servant. Doesn’t he know who I am? and the Jordan? REALLY?’
It took a servant coming in honor to humble Naaman so he could receive his healing. Once Naaman got over himself and obeyed, he was completely healed and restored. Humility was the small price he paid for a great reward.
Why is it our flesh struggles to comply to the ridiculous instructions His Spirit gives? Could it be pride stands between us and our miracle? Could our fear of what others think, their laughter at the obsurdity be the reason?
What if the moment passes while we’re still trying to figure out the ‘why’? Humility seems to be a key factor in seeing our mess become our message. What will it take for us to surrender our pride and receive the thing we’ve been asking for?
Ever heard of humble pie? I wonder what flavor it is this week? Think I’ll have me a BIG ole piece and enjoy every bite. My miracle awaits my obedience.
Father, I humble myself under Your mighty hand knowing that You see what I don’t. It’s all about trust and I’m willing to do that. I’ve been called a fool for lesser things, so why not go big! I love You too much to disregard Your instructions now. I know You’ll be honored and glorified in all of this so it’s in Jesus’ name I thank You, Amen.