Naaman 9 - Reason and Humility

2 Kings 5
13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and 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'?"
14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
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The Prophet Elisha was bold enough to challenge two destructive traits in General Naaman: control and pride.
The reason why Elisha did this was not because Elisha wanted to show his superiority over the General. Rather it was because he needed the General to understand clearly that these attitudes would stand in the way of what the General really wanted more than anything: that is, to be healed.

There is an old saying: Beggars can't be choosers.
But General Naaman wanted to beg God to heal him, and then he wanted to dictate to God how God was to heal him. In that way he ended up making a fool of himself.

However, his servants had enough experience with him to know that if they waited until General Naaman had cooled down from his unwise fit of indignation, they could reason with him, and persuade him to humble himself, so that he would be healed.

After all, as they told him in diplomatic terms, humbling yourself is a very small price to pay for getting your life back from destruction.

Maybe Naaman's servants were accustomed to reasoning with him in this way to bring him to his senses. It shows how much they really cared about him, that they would dare to reason with him, their superior, in this manner. It also showed that Naaman was not a stupid man: it was possible to reason with him and get a good result.

Are you someone who can be reasoned with in this manner?
Or are you so obstinate that you will continue on a destructive course, even when those who care about you try to show you another way that you could choose?

We are blessed indeed when we have people around us who can speak wisdom to us in the way that Naaman's servants spoke to him. If there are people like this in your life, treasure their wisdom and insight, and thank God for them continually.

Does this mean that you must always agree with them and do as they say? Not necessarily. But it does mean that we must listen to them and consider seriously what they say to us, before we make a decision about the future.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for putting in my life, people like Naaman's servants, who can speak wisdom to me. Bless them specially today, and help me always to be a blessing to them,
in Jesus' name,
Amen.


New inspiration tomorrow, God willing.
See you then!