Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that Naaman had leprosy and visited the prophet Elisha for healing. When he arrived at the door of Elisha’s house, Elisha sent a messenger who instructed him to wash himself seven times in the Jordan River, and he would be cleansed.
Naaman left Elisha’s house irate. He said he was expecting Elisha to call on God and wave his wand over his spots and he would be healed. He lamented that the rivers in Damascus are better than the ones in Israel, hence he could have washed in them and be cleansed. After a while, his servants said to him, “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’!”
Although Naaman was upset, he recognized the wisdom of his servants’ words. Consequently, he humbled himself, obeyed Elisha, and was healed. After he was healed, Naaman recognized the God of Israel as the only true God, and promised to offer sacrifices only to him (2 Kings 5:1-18).
Naaman had his idea of how God should heal him, and was reluctant to embrace God’s method which was very different. Furthermore, he knew that the Jordan River had no healing power and did not understand why he should wash himself in it. Nevertheless, after he was cleansed, he recognized that his healing occurred through obeying God’s instructions.
When we make a request of God, we do not have the privilege of selecting the technique that he uses to grant our petition. Even so, he expects us to trust him and obey. He loves when we are grateful for his response and appreciative of the method he uses.
Heavenly Father, we praise you for your wisdom. Help us to trust you and obey. In Jesus’ name, amen.