The aim of this devotional study is to consider one’s attitude and persistence in search of healing in Christ.
2 Kings 5:1-3, 9-14
1 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.”…
9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 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.” 11 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 LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 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.
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.
- What do you learn about Naaman from this portion of Scripture? [hint: read through the text and record everything it reveals about Naaman’s position and problem, character and attitude.]
- Explain the lesson behind the following ironies in the Text regarding Namaan’s healing:
- Naaman’s success and his problem
- The wisdom of Namaan and his slaves
- The mighty clean, Syrian rivers and Jordan River
- What Namaan expected of the prophet and the simple path to (cure for) his healing
- What are the major lessons of healing in this historic account then? [look carefully at verses 10 and 13]
Personal reflection and Application
- Consider your own life in the light of Namaan’s success and problem:
- What personal problem do you have that, in spite of your worldly achievements, you could not solve? What is your “leprosy” that might ultimately cause shame and isolation if it is not healed?
- Whom will you seek for guidance to find healing from God? Make that appointment now.
- Do you know what the simple steps of obedience is?
- Have you started with the process and stopped at some point? (dip yourself “seven times!”
- Pray to God for fullness of health – don’t give up with this process until you are fully healed!
- Consider your own life in the light of Namaan’s slave girl:
- Whom do you know closely that has a (shameful or private) problem so big it could destroy them?
- Pray and ask God for a gap to share a testimony, to point this person towards Christ for healing. Where can you refer them?