2 Kings 5:8-14 — “When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: ‘Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.’ So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, ‘Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored, and you will be cleansed.’ But Naaman went away angry and said, ‘I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?’ So he turned and went off in a rage. Naaman’s servants went to him and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, “Wash and be cleansed”!’ So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.”
This fifth chapter has 27 verses, but I’ve only shared eight. Naturally, I consider all 27 to be important, but for this article I’ve chosen these eight.
Personally, when I read 2 Kings 5:1-14, I get a chuckle because I know this fits me and many others.
When I read this passage, my mind floods with so many other Scriptures.
Proverbs 3:5 — “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
1 Samuel 15:22 — “But Samuel replied, ‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice and to heed is better than the fat of rams.’”
Jeremiah 33:3 — “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
Ha, ha, ha, see I can’t help but chuckle to myself. We call to God for help, then we provide Him the steps and manner we’d like that help to be provided. Oh my! No wonder why God hates pride.
For example: Proverbs 16:18 — “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Proverbs 18:12 — “Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.”
So, what I have learned by experience and from watching others is that some of us only learn hard lessons, the hard way.
I realize I’ve shared far more Scripture than I normally do.
I can easily see my own arrogance reflected in Naaman.
In the early days of my attempted walk of faith, I stumbled a great deal before I started walking!
I thought because I was coming to the Lord, calling on His name for help, that I was doing Him a favor, giving Him a chance to help me!
It took a series of hard events to not only “get my mind right” but also change my heart.
As I reflect on my own arrogance – simply astounding! Like going to a surgeon out of desperation, then ignoring all pre-operation advice and instruction.
So, like a 2x4, a slap to the back of my head; “If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘wash and be cleansed.’”
The older I get, the more thankful I am for our Lord’s patience with my prideful hard-headedness.
The Gospel message is so simple, but there seems to be a knack for complicating it.
1 John 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”