Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Gives Healing that Comfort
2 Kings 5:1-14
“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’!” vs.13
Leprosy is not a small affliction. In biblical times it was a disease that would eventually lead to death since it had no way of being treated. In today’s passage we see Naaman, a commander for the nation of Aram, seeking healing in whatever way he can from this formidable disease. He was even willing seek help from a God that he didn’t even believe in. When Elisha tells him what to do, he reacts in a way that many of us would. Why not just heal me? Wave your hands over me and be done with it! Shouldn’t that be enough? However, God doesn’t work in the ways that the world would see as effective. When Naaman humbles himself, removes his pride, and puts his faith in God we witness a transformative healing. Naaman is physically healed AND spiritually healed. He even exclaims “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.” What Naaman thought would be effective looked so weak in comparison to what God had in store for him. As a result, we see another believer being brought into the fold and the glory of God being revealed in a way that we never would have expected. When God heals the comfort he gives is never temporary. It is a relief that stays with us in our hearts and serves as testimony to everyone around us.
Heavenly Father heal our hearts. We are hardened by this world to expect showy miracles and wonders, when we know in fact that you work in ways that we could have never imagined. Lead us towards humility so that we may whole heartedly put our faith in you and the plans you have in store for us. Amen
Thought for the Day
How often are we like Naaman expecting immediate relief from our pains or afflictions? God calls us to be faithful and to trust in his plan and process. Let us humble ourselves and have faith in a God that sent his Son to die on the cross so that we could be eternally healed from our sin and have life everlasting.
Mrs. Leena Chacko
Chicago Mar Thoma Church