Daily Dose, June 2 — Take Me to the Water

 

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. And the king of Aram said, “Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.”

He went, taking with him 10 talents of silver, 6,000 shekels of gold, and 10 sets of garments. He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, “When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.”
But when Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house.

Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan 7 times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage.

But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean?’ So he went down and immersed himself 7 times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company; he came and stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel; please accept a present from your servant.”

But he said, “As the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will accept nothing!” He urged him to accept, but he refused. Then Naaman said, “If not, please let two mule-loads of earth be given to your servant; for your servant will no longer offer burnt-offering or sacrifice to any god except the LORD. But may the LORD pardon your servant on one count: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, leaning on my arm, and I bow down in the house of Rimmon, when I do bow down in the house of Rimmon, may the LORD pardon your servant on this one count.”

He said to him, “Go in peace.” (II Kings 5:1-19)

“Pride goes before a fall” is a familiar proverb, and it happens to be true. The wonderful story of Naaman the Syrian declares this truth loud and clear. Naaman wanted to be healed of his skin disease. He lived in pain and embarrassment. He heard that the prophet Elisha was the man with the needed medicine to cure him. So he loaded up his chariot and made the journey from Syria to Israel. He made his request to the King, who sent him to Elisha.

Elisha did not even go out to say hello to Naaman. The good prophet doctor sent his physician’s assistant to hand him the prescription for his ailment. “Go wash in the Jordan.”

Naaman was furious. He was in important man and had traveled far to see Elisha. He felt insulted and left in anger. But his servant stepped up and made an insightful recommendation. The prophet is asking you to do something easy, so go do it. You would have agreed to anything difficult. So Naaman swallowed his pride and dipped himself in the River Jordan, and he was healed.

Mind if I ask you to do something simple and easy that will change your life forever? Believe in the Lord Jesus with all your heart. Just have faith in Christ. It may sound silly, but people find healing in Jesus every day. — Y’all come, Dr. Don