Before I get into this story, I want to state a simple fact: no matter who you are, you can change someone’s life. If bad things happen to you, take the pain and use it to help someone else. Whether you are in the throngs of depression, the trap of fear and anxiety, have suffered loss or are fighting an incurable disease with all you have in you, God CAN use you and He WILL if you let him.
Our story is about a mighty captain in the Syrian army by the name of Naaman. God had used him to defeat the Israelite army. He was an honourable man, but he suffered a horrendous disease. Naaman had leprosy. He was what the Israelites called unclean and it so happened that during one of their invasions Naaman captured a little girl and gave her to his wife as a maid. She was only a little girl–or so Naaman thought, but was he wrong. Naaman’s wife lamented the state of her husband. During one of these she must’ve told this little girl. This little girl felt so sad for her lord and mistress that she said to her,
“I wish my lord was with the prophet of God that lives in Samaria. He would cure him of his leprosy.” and someone overheard this and went straight to the king of Syria saying, “There is a prophet in Samaria who can cure my lord Naaman!” The king immediately sent a letter to the king of Israel and told him what happened as well as gifts to show goodwill. The Syrian king asked that this prophet cure Naaman and informed the king of Israel that he would be sending Naaman.
The king of Israel started panicking. He tore his clothes and started to rant, “Am I God? How am I supposed to cure this man?! The king of Syria is looking for an excuse to go to war with me!”
Elisha heard this and sent a messenger to the king saying, “What’s happening? Why are you tearing your clothes? Send the man to me and he will see the power of the God of Israel.” At ease, the king agreed and sent Naaman to Elisha. When Naaman came to the house of Elisha, Elisha sent a messenger out to tell Naaman, “Go wash yourself 7 times in the Jordan River and you will be cured of your leprosy.” Now Naaman looked at the Jordan River and said, “Where is your master? Can’t he even greet a man?! He sends a servant to tell me what to do!” Naaman was expecting some kind of thunder and lightning or perhaps fanfare, instead he got a simple servant telling him to go wash in a river. If that worked he would’ve done it ages ago! Who did this prophet think he was? He was beginning to doubt this little maid that had spoken with his wife.
“Are you telling me the rivers of Damascus, Arbana and Pharphar, aren’t better than this filthy river in Israel? Why can’t I just go wash in them?” Naaman was infuriated, but his men loved him and pleaded with him saying, “Master, if you were told to do some great act wouldn’t you do it, why not listen to the prophet and go wash yourself 7 times in the Jordan?”
Naaman saw the love his men had for him and obeyed. He dipped himself 7 times in the Jordan and when he came out he was spotless. He was clean and pure like a child’s skin. He was overjoyed to be cured of the wretched disease and went to the prophet offering him all sorts of gifts as thanks for the miracle. The prophet, Elisha, told him he shouldn’t thank him because God had cured Naaman not Elisha. So Naaman went on his way, no doubt thinking of that little servant girl and her people’s prophet. The Bible doesn’t mention what happens to her, but it needn’t. You see, it wasn’t about her or Elisha. The story was about Naaman.
Naaman is all of us. We all need to be cleaned by God’s cleansing water. When Jesus came to earth knowing fully well what would happen. He didn’t come down with fanfare and light shining from Heaven, instead He came down as the worthless child of a carpenter–a nobody. Jesus was just like the Jordan River–on the surface he didn’t look handsome or have anything that made people want to flock to Him. However, just like the Jordan, the people who were cleansed by Him were cured of their sin(leprosy). Even as He hung on that cross, He had love and forgiveness in his heart.
Today, if you feel like Naaman–hiding your sin under a think suit of armour–come to God. The Bible says that every time a soul turns to God angels sing in Heaven. I hope this encourages you. I love this story. It’s gorgeous.
Have a great week. I’ve been so busy, I’m pretty sure I’m like a dead body on my platforms. Sorry for that. Next week, I should be back up and ready to post more for you.
Wish me luck. God bless all of you, my precious avids!🥰😇