2 Kings 5:10-15 (MSG)
10 Elisha sent out a servant to meet him with this message: “Go to the River Jordan and immerse yourself seven times. Your skin will be healed and you’ll be as good as new.”
11-12 Naaman lost his temper. He turned on his heel saying, “I thought he’d personally come out and meet me, call on the name of God, wave his hand over the diseased spot, and get rid of the disease. The Damascus rivers, Abana and Pharpar, are cleaner by far than any of the rivers in Israel. Why not bathe in them? I’d at least get clean.” He stomped off, mad as a hornet.
13 But his servants caught up with him and said, “Father, if the prophet had asked you to do something hard and heroic, wouldn’t you have done it? So why not this simple ‘wash and be clean’?”
14 So he did it. He went down and immersed himself in the Jordan seven times, following the orders of the Holy Man. His skin was healed; it was like the skin of a little baby. He was as good as new.
15 He then went back to the Holy Man, he and his entourage, stood before him, and said, “I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no God anywhere on earth other than the God of Israel. In gratitude let me give you a gift.”
I studied this passage a few days back and decided to share the insights I got from it on this platform. I hope it encourages you and helps you see things from another perspective.
This passage is a great example of trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense. Washing yourself in the river 7 times just to be healed doesn’t make sense in the natural. It didn’t make sense to Naaman too and he was reluctant to do it. If he didn’t have the right people surrounding him, he would have missed out on God’s miraculous hand of healing.
This is one thing that has led to religion and all kinds of belief, we try to rationalize things until we have the perfect answers and come up with different proofs and theories but that’s not the way God works. He wants us to COMPLETELY trust in Him and be obedient. Pride has been a major source of destruction. We are human and we have our flaws so why do we think we can come up with the perfect solution? The secret things are of the Lord and breeds faith so we would need to surrender.
Understand that there is nothing He cannot do and there’s nothing he doesn’t know. Don’t let overfamiliarity lock you down. There’s always going to be things in our lives that we do not have the answers to. If you have to know the “why” behind everything and try to figure everything out, you are never going to have contentment and satisfaction. Trust always requires having some unanswered questions in your life.
If you’ve lost a loved one, had your heart broken, failed in school, lost a job, struggling in your finances, going through health issues or a terminal illness, you’ve been abused and you just don’t understand what is going on in your life, I beg you don’t try to figure it out. Trust God and go through those things with Him and you will come out on the other side, able to say once I was able to talk about Him BUT NOW I know Him and the power of His resurrection. You’ve got to have experience with God’s goodness.
I want to encourage you to run to God in your pain. He will heal you and comfort your emotions. Just because we haven’t seen it happen before doesn’t mean HE cannot do a new thing in our lives Who knows what healing or blessing we might be missing just because it doesn’t make sense and it’s foolishness to our human minds? It might even cause us eternal life. Surrender completely, trust and obey God and He will bring everything to pass in due time.