It’s Not What You Think!

“But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me!” 2 Kings 5:11‭

As humans, we really know how to make things complicated! I love this story in the bible, because it is such an accurate depiction of how we stand the chance of getting in the way of our own blessings. We often times reject the very thing we asked of God, because it doesn’t match up with how we pictured it would in our minds. We have subconsciously closed off the creative and sovereign power of God. We try to bring our God down to our limited way of thinking. Stay open. It’s never what we think, or how we believe it should happen.

So the story goes, in the Bible, there was a man named Naaman who was the commander of the Aram army. The bible says,“…But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy.” 2 Kings 5:1 Leprosy is a contagious skin disease, and in that day, was one of the worst things that could happen to you. Many people with leprosy were often mistreated and ostracized. Naaman’s wife’s maid suggested that he go see the prophet in Samaria to be healed. With the king of Aram’s consent, Naaman went to the king of Israel with money and clothing as gifts to be healed. In verse 7, the king tore his clothes in dismay and responded, “Am I God, that I can give life and take it away? Why is this man asking me to heal someone with leprosy? I can see that he’s just trying to pick a fight with me.”

When Elisha, a great man of God, and prophet heard about this, he sent a message to the king: “Why are you so upset? Send Naaman to me, and he will learn that there is a true prophet here in Israel.”2 Kings 5:8 This is the part I love! Naaman went to Elisha’s house and waited at his door. Elisha sent a messenger out to talk to Naaman to tell him: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.”2 Kings 5:10 This brings us to our opening verse above:

“But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me!” 2 Kings 5:11‭

Naaman had done what we often do. He had already planned out in his head the way he thought he should be healed. There is nothing wrong with having expectations for God, but don’t shut down all the limitless options God has to restore and heal your situation. Thank God Naaman had level headed people in his corner to calm him down and bring him back to reality.But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’”2 Kings 5:13 I love it! We make things too complicated with God. We’re expected him to make us jump through hoops to receive his love and kindness, when the power is in his simplicity and relatability to us. Simple request like, “Put me first”, “Pray”, “Read my word”, “Be kind to others”. God is certainly almighty and his ways and thoughts aren’t ours, but also, stay open to the simplicity of God.

Finally, Naaman went down to the Jordan River and did as God told him through the man of God, Elisha. The bible says, “…And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child, and he was healed!” 2 Kings 5:14. Don’t get caught up in the religiousness of it all. Naaman’s focus, our focus, can so easily shift to “How will God heal me?”, instead of “God is going to heal me!” Lord I don’t care how you do it, just do it for me!! I want to be healed! I’m tired of being sick! I’m tired of being picked on and cast aside! God heal me, in anyway you see fit! Don’t allow my small mind to hinder your power! It’s not what we think, and that’s okay!

Be Blessed,

❤ Annette D.

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4 Comments »

  1. Hmmm, hmmm good! I love bible stories and you do a good job Annette telling them! Thank you and I thank Jesus for you! I will be awaiting the next story!
    I love you and tell Mr. Dunn hello!💞

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