Thursday – October 31, 2019 – A Fatal Flaw
2 Kings 5:1 (NIV) Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
Aram and Israel were often in conflict. They were bitter enemies. When they battled, sometimes Israel won and sometimes Aram would win. God wasn’t always in favor of Israel, sometimes He would use their enemies to defeat them, to chastise and discipline them.
Naaman (his name means pleasant) must have fought in battles against Israel. He was an upstanding man with a great reputation. He was a valiant warrior. He was highly thought of by the high and low. He had high position and may have been as high as Prime Minister to the king. He would often have the King of Aram lean on him when they went to worship at the Temple of Rimmon where the gods of Aram were worshiped. As great as he was, he had a fatal flaw. He had incurable leprosy.
He wasn’t a worshiper of the God of Israel, but he was desperate. He must have sought healing from the gods of Aram, only for them to fail. He was open to suggestions and had the humility to listen to the advice of a young slave girl. Essentially, she told him to go to the agent of the God of the Bible. His king sent him to the King of Israel with a letter demanding that he heal him of his leprosy. This distressed the king causing him to say, “Am I God.” That’s such an important question because there are certain things that only God can do, and we must learn to go to Him in those circumstances. The king knew he was incapable of doing what was demanded and doubted that God would. Afterall, he saw Naaman as God’s enemy. Why should God heal him? Elisha corrected him and said, “Have the man come to me.”
Naaman had brought a great treasure with him, thinking that he would need to pay for the miracle or at least do some great feat to earn it. He was used to great ceremony and expected Elisha to come out and greet him and display his great power. That didn’t happen. He didn’t even meet him. He sent his servant with a message to dip himself in the Jordan River seven times. He felt that was humiliating. Fortunately, he listened to the encouragement of his servants and performed the humiliating act. He was instantly healed and offered a gift to Elijah, to which he immediately turned down. Naaman needed to know that his healing was the result of God’s grace and not his effort. If only the high and low would learn that lesson. Naaman is not the only one with a fatal flaw. We all have one and it is called sin. God is the only one who can fix that.
Prayer: Thank You Lord, that everything we receive from You is based on grace. You are the only one who can fix our fatal flaws and You did that when You sent Jesus to the cross.