11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’
2 Kings 5:11 (NKJV)
2 Kings 5:11 (MSG) —11-12 Naaman lost his temper. He turned on his heel saying, “I thought he’d personally come out and meet me, call on the name of God, wave his hand over the diseased spot, and get rid of the disease.
2 Kings 5:11 (NIV) — 11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.
2 Kings 5:11 (NLV) — 11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me!
Thoughts of Devotion:
This Morning I would like to share a story that ministers to me greatly when I studied the topic of wrath. The bible mentions Naaman an army general for the king of Syria, even though he was a man of high esteem and extremely valuable, he was a leper. (2 Kings 5:1). The story teaches us that for Naaman to receive his healing, the prophet Elisha had given him clear and simple instructions from God. Which by obeying them he would receive his healing from his leprosy. The sad thing is that Naaman didn’t like the plan that was given to him. It even annoyed him and he became extremely angry. In the first place he expected a special treatment from the prophet, he also expected for the method by which his healing would take place would be different.
This reminds me of how this can also happen to us. For example, in occasions it happens that we have a clear idea of how things should happen in our lives. If they don’t happen how we thought, we get angry and frustrated with ourselves, with others and in moments even with God. We come to not understand a great truth, that there is moments in life in which God has a different plan from ours, ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8) Let’s think, How many blessings have we lost from God because we have fallen into the error of getting mad at the plan God has traced out for us? We suffer great loss, because we decide not to follow the plan of God for our lives.
As we see this situation in our lives I ask myself, is there a reason why we must be angry when things don’t go as we thought? When things don’t go as we imagined or liked it doesn’t give us a reason to act with bad temper and get filled with anger. God continues in control! In occasions we must understand that it is necessary for us to lose control of the situation so that He will do His will in our lives.
We must be very careful that in a moment of anger we lose great blessings that the Lord has for us, “A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated.” (Proverbs 14:17) By a little Naaman almost lost his healing. If his servant wouldn’t have helped him to react giving his wise council to obey the plan of God for his healing, “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’?” (2 Kings 5:13) The story concludes with Naaman receiving his healing as a result of submerging himself seven times in the Jordan exactly the way God had indicated to the prophet. Thank God! That Naaman the general didn’t drown in his wrath. At eh end he had the sensitivity to take wise council and obeyed the plan of God to obtain his miracle.
Let’s pray this morning that God would help us to live a life free of wrath. It’s possible with the help of God to accept the things that at times bother us and cause us irritation. I ask the Lord to give us grace and understanding to accept his plan and will for our lives. That we may not make decisions in times of anger to then suffer great losses in our walk with God. Let’s not become frustrated and get angry this morning God already has his plan traced out for our lives. With the help of God let’s accept it and in at the end of the story receive everything that the Lord has for our lives like Naaman.
Proverbs 13:10 (NKJV) — 10 By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.
Proverbs 1:32 (NKJV) — 32 for the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
Luke 14:11(NKJV) — 11 for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”