5 Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”
So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,
Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.
– 2 Kings 5:5
Sometimes, our problems will cause us to go to extreme measures to get relief. We will be so desperate for a solution that we will take advice from unlikely sources and end up in unlikely places in hope of a healing.
11 But Naaman became furious, and went away . . .’ 12 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 5:11-12
What Naaman received did not meet his expectations. For all of his high hopes for a healing, he received some simplistic instructions. In fact, he was not even granted an audience with the prophet. According to verse 10, “And Elisha sent a messenger to him. . .” as he stood outside of Elisha’s doorway. Naaman had expected some form of royal reception after all that he had gone through to get there.
13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
-2 Kings 5:13-14
Although Naaman was hardened by the reception and the proposed remedy, he responded accordingly after some prodding and pleading by his own servants. He did as instructed. His flesh was restored. he received his healing after all.
What can we learn from this?
God can bless us with something simple that we might try to complicate. God may not want us to jump through hoops for what He has for us. He may just want to see our faith in action.
We have a choice today. We can be hardened or we can be healed.
What will be your choice today?