I love this account of Naaman the Syrian commander who had leprosy. He comes to the prophet in faith, but he comes with a predetermined idea of how the healing will take place. The traditions of men and our own predetermined ideas can stop what God wants to do in our lives. Naaman servant spoke with much wisdom when he said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, 'Wash, and be clean'?" (2 Kings 5:13) His servant uncovered the “root religion” that almost stopped his healing. Naaman would have done something “great” (aka: religion), but he didn’t want to dunk himself in the river seven times (aka: humility). When Naaman simply submitted the word of God, his leprosy was cleansed. Jesus mentioned Naaman in Luke 4:7; what He says, lets us know the LORD desired to heal so many more, but they didn’t come with the simple faith that Naaman did.
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In 2 Kings 6:16 Elisha says to his servant "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." Verse 17 continues, “And Elisha prayed, and said, "LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
People mostly determine what is true by what they see. The question we need to ask is, “what if what we see is very limited?” We are to walk by faith (using the word of God) and not by sight (what we can see or perceive in with our natural senses).
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan