October 7, 2019

For full passage click: 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15“But his servants approached and said to him, ‘Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, “Wash, and be clean”?’” vs. 13

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a proud man. He had been told by his wife’s servant girl, a captive from Israel, that there was a man in Samaria who could cure him of his leprosy. After some diplomatic maneuvering he had gotten permission to come to the home of the prophet Elisha – but Elisha didn’t even come out to see him. He sent word through a messenger that Naaman should go wash in the Jordan seven times. Naaman was outraged at the presumed insult to a person of his standing, and was ready to go back to Aram until convinced by his servants that he should give the prescribed treatment a try. Many of us are like Naaman. One of our favorite images of God has been as a supernatural interventionist who periodically acts in miraculous and spectacular ways. We’ve had a hard time beginning to understand God as one who is constantly present and who works through the ordinary to bring life and healing. But what a blessing it is to know that God is more than a Being who hangs out in heaven and who occasionally intervenes in our lives. The real God is as near as our breath and acts through ordinary washing and eating and drinking to restore and cleanse our leprous lives.

Thought for the Day: What’s an example of a miraculous healing?