Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
The Healing Touch of Christ
“Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” (10)
The story of Naaman reminds us that every man has some issues that blemishes him and puts a damper on his joy. This is a story of spiritual salvation that is obtainable only by the touch of God. Naaman comes from the Hebrew verb naem, “be delightful, pleasant, and beautiful.” It holds the idea of “gracious” or “well formed.” Being a respected warrior, Naaman was well liked by his master. But when it comes to self pride, Naaman was not an exception. When we look at this Old Testament event, I see mainly four aspects that impact on our daily lives.
Everyone, regardless of their position, look, or status suffer from some personal issues. Although Namman was highly ranked, he too was hiding the dreaded disease leprosy under his expensive robes. Its general human tendency to hide personal issues and put a happy face. But, no one can hide secrets in presence of our Lord, because when we are with God we are NOT lonely. Lord’s divine touch can make permanent changes in our totality. We will become living witnesses by his touch. Our pride and status cannot become obstacles for this healing touch.
Those who seem insignificant in our lives could become key factors in our well being. God used the little Israelite girl who was serving Naaman’s wife as the mediator between the Prophet and Naaman for his cure. Although this little girl was taken away from her home and homeland and was used as a servant, she was loyal to her master and was concerned for his wellbeing. She became a major instrument in Naaman’s cure. God at times uses us to act as mediators and messengers to reach other people in need. Although we may be away from home or homeland, we are expected to be loyal to our master who brought us over and carried us through.
The king of Israel who is misinterpreting the letter from the king of Syria. (V 7) This is of common occurrence in our society. When we see and hear things around us, we misinterpret the truth and go on chasing our wild imaginations. Syrian king did not mean any quarrel by sending the recommendation letter for Naaman to the king of Israel. Rather, it was a simple request to help one of his obedient and efficient army men. When we are tested by God, we tend to misinterpret the event and keep asking questions. But God’s plans are always with wider realms of impacts and it may take time for us to realize the total meaning.
Cure comes from modes totally different from what we expect and imagine. Without even showing his face, the prophet ordered Naaman to take dips in river Jordan and did not even bother to receive any from the huge collection of presents that were brought over. It’s human nature to expect God’s touch via prosperity and pamper. But it could come in the way of simple request via His messengers that may seem unworthy and impractical for a moment. The prophet did not expect anything in return. But that simple request will result in major changes. We ought to feel the healing touch of God from our surroundings, from people surrounding you and from people of God.
Prayer: God help me realize the importance of obedience to you and feel your touch through my surroundings, through your people and through my daily meditations. Amen
Dr. Eapen Daniel Christos MTC, Philadelphia