2 Kings 5:1-15
Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4
Saint Frances of Rome, Religious
Go and wash seven times in the Jordan. (2 Kings 5:10)
Try to picture what this would look like today. Naaman is desperate for a cure for his leprosy. He gets a letter of introduction from his boss, the king of Syria, to show the king of Israel. He brings witih him several briefcases filled with money—probably around five million dollars in today’s currency. Then there’s a rack of expensive suits, probably just to show off to the king. Then a fleet of cars—Bentleys or Mercedes Benzes. But it makes no impression on Elisha. The prophet tells Naaman to just take a bath. Well, seven baths!
Think about how hard this must have been for Naaman. A renowned military commander, he was now expected to surrender. He had to surrender his status as an influential, powerful man and submit to an unceremonious dunking. But God didn’t care about his status, and neither did Elisha. And to everyone’s surprise—maybe even Naaman’s—he followed the prophet’s directions and was healed! Naaman the pagan, Naaman, a commander in an enemy’s army, became a model of faith and trust.
That is often the way God works with us when we ask something of him. He could intervene instantly, and sometimes he does. But sometimes, he doesn’t just hand it to us. He first leads us down some unexpected, often uncomfortable, path that gives us surprising but inspiring results. His goal, always, is that we grow in faith and draw closer to him. And from an eternal perspective, that step of faith may be just as important as what results from it!
Perhaps you’ve been praying for something for a long time. But the reason you haven’t received it yet may be because God is waiting on you! Perhaps there’s a “box” he wants you to step out of, some movement from disbelief to trust. Or from fear and inertia to action and freedom. Or from resentment to forgiveness. Until you take that step into the unknown, you won’t know what’s on the other side. Just go for it—you have nothing to lose, and so much to gain!
“Lord, if there is anything blocking me from you or your blessings, please show me. I’m willing to do what seems difficult or frightening—or ridiculous—so that you can do the impossible!”~WAU