Humility



Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-15
March 9, 2015

Naaman’s servant came up to him and spoke to him: “Our father, if the prophet had told you to do something difficult, wouldn’t you have done it?  All he said to you was, ‘Wash and become clean.’” 2 Kings 5:13

The passage begins by introducing to us Naaman, a great warrior that has had great military victories BUT also has a skin disease.  His wife was given the gift of a captured girl from Israel to be her servant. She tells Naaman’s wife that there is a prophet in Samaria that can cure her husband.

Naaman goes in search of this prophet and takes great wealth and ten changes of clothing along with him.  When Naaman arrives at the prophets dwelling with horses and chariots, Elisha sends a servant out to speak to him.

The cure for the illness is simple, wash seven times in the Jordan River.

Naaman is less than thrilled, knowing that if the answer was that simple then he simply could have washed in a number of rivers that he crossed to get to Samaria.   And I am sure that his pride was hurt, with all of his pomp and circumstance, the prophet didn’t even invite him in or come out to see him but sent out a lowly servant to deliver the message.

But what he doesn’t realize in that moment is that he had two illnesses.  Yes he had a skin disease but he also had a huge ego.

From time to time we all can do well to receive a good dose of humility.  Pride and arrogance and believing that we have earned our place at the table are spiritual damaging.  

Naaman realizes that the cure he seeks will only come when he trusts others and trusts God.  

Prayer:  God help me to let go of my need to control the outcome of my day.  Help me to trust in others and to trust in you.  Amen.

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