Posted: Friday, June 23
2 Kings 4:18-5:27
Verse of the day:
Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God. They stood before him, and Naaman said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.” (2 Kings 5:15 NLT)
Naman was a brave Syrian captain who suffered from leprosy. He went to the prophet Elisha with a very clear set of expectations. He wanted Elisha to lay his hands on him, pray, and heal him. Naaman wanted pageantry; he was expecting a full service miracle experience. However, things didn’t turn out the way he wanted.
When Naaman arrived at Elisha’s house with his chariot and horses, the prophet sent a messenger to meet him. The messenger relayed a simple instruction to Naaman. “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.”
Naaman got angry. Elisha didn’t meet his expectations at all. The prophet didn’t greet him; he didn’t lay his hand and pray. On the contrary, Elisha gave Naaman a set of instructions that to a Syrian captain didn’t make sense. In his anger, Naaman decided to ignore the prophet’s instructions and go back home.
Thankfully, one of Naaman’s servants encouraged him to submit his expectations and desires to the will of God. So, Naaman did as the prophet said and immediately his skin was as healthy and smooth as a child’s.
We also struggle with unrealistic expectations of God. We have unrealistic expectations of God when we want Him to do what we want just because we want it. We may expect God to answer a prayer or perform a miracle in a certain way and we feel hurt or lose our faith when God doesn’t do it.
Like Naaman, we must be willing to submit our expectations and desires to the will of God. We must remember that God has our best interest at heart. When we willingly choose to submit to God, we get to experience who God is and His power like never before.