2Kings 5:1-3, 10-11, 13-14
Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Naaman saw himself as someone, and he was in the sight of his people, but in the sight of God he was just a man with a need like so many other men. Naaman had his own ideas about how things would be done when he went to Elisha. He expected to be treated in a certain way with respect; due his office. God wanted more for Naaman than just the healing of his body; God wanted Naaman to learn who the real God was and how great his power.
God wants to do the same for us. He wants us to submit to his ways and leave off our own thoughts, ideas, hurts, past actions of other, traditions and excuses, to follow Him with our whole heart.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
What are we building on to the foundation of Christ?
Gold – Silver – Precious stones
Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Forgiveness
Wood – Hay – Stubble
Excuses, Unforgiveness, Resentments, Pride, Selfishness, Bitterness
When our building or life goes through the fire of God’s judgment, will it last or will it be burned?
Verse 13 tells us that every man’s work of what sort it is will be tried. I want to know now if there is any thing unpleasing to God in my life, so I can let it be burned and I can be perfected to be more like Christ.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
If Naaman had not submitted to God’s commandment through Elisha, he would have returned home with the leprosy, been an outcast and died. By submitting, even though it didn’t really make any sense and even though everyone knew washing in water did not cleanse one from leprosy, Naaman’s obedience received a reward.
Are we holding on to anything that is hindering us from receiving what God has for us? We may think things are okay, but what if we completely surrendered to God. How much more would we be blessed of God?
What is the blessing we are missing by being satisfied with good enough?
This is my work in progress. . .
Trust God for your day, ….Today