“And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “ Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.””
II Kings 5:7
“So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.””
II Kings 5:8
“Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house.”
II Kings 5:9
“And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.””
II Kings 5:10
“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.’”
II Kings 5:11
“Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.”
II Kings 5:12
This is a very interesting read, in fact when I read this scripture I can so relate.
I can relate to the desire of wanting to come out of a bad situation, and yet the reluctance of accepting what needs to be done in order to get out of it.
There is a word called humility, and I believe that is exactly what The Lord wanted to teach king Naaman.
King Naaman himself said; “Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?”
And it is true, those rivers were far much cleaner than the river Jordan, so naturally it does not make sense that to become clean one would first have to enter into dirty water.
Well first of all lets picture that prophetically.
Baptism, water symbolizes being cleansed spiritually.
Let.s not forget the Blood of Jesus, The Blood of Jesus makes us whole.
we have to understand that The Lord works in mysterious ways.
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”
1 Corinthians 1:27
“and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,”
I Corinthians 1:28
“that no flesh should glory in His presence.”
I Corinthians 1:29
“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—”
I Corinthians 1:30
“that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.””
I Corinthians 1:31
Everything that we go through is for a reason that reason is solely for His glory alone, so that we do not boast within ourselves but within our Saviour alone.
Often if you want to come out of a bad situation or if you desire to be where The Lord wills for you to be, then you have to be willing to do the outrageous, and when I say you must be willing to do the outrageous I mean that you must be willing to start from the bottom, and appreciate humble beginnings.
To start from the bottom, and to appreciate humble beginnings requires FAITH.
You need to have FAITH in order to trust God no matter what the reality of things are.
Now the issue is, many do not want to start from the bottom, they just want to instantly start from or leap to the top, they do not want to be tried and tested through any fire, but how many of us know that the greater the test the greater the testimony?Naaman was already at the top he was a king, but he was also a leper.
King Naaman had what was believed to be an incurable disease.
“Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.”
II Kings 5:1
King Naaman acknowledged that he needed God, despite everything he had he knew that without God he would never be able to overcome his current situation, and that is the kind of attitude every believer should have.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
And He shall direct your paths.
We must come to a point whereby we realise that without God we are nothing, and we have nothing.
Now, although king Naaman acknowledged that He needed a divine intervention of God, initially he was reluctant to yield to His will but his servants caused him to see reason, and to trust God.
“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’?””
II Kings 5:13
“So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”
II Kings 5:14
Many of us just need to be humble and realise that we need God, and that we cannot do without Him.
Many of us just need to realise that with God nothing is impossible just need to trust Him, and yield to His perfect will.
It is only The Lord that makes our lives beautiful.
Now I want you to ponder on what it could be that The Lord requires of you to do that you may be reluctant of.
For some of us it may be the issue of waiting.
The Lord has established His promises in your life to the extent whereby it has even been prophesied to you many times, confirming the Word of God but yet you are still waiting.
For those that may be finding this challenging I want to encourage you and remind you of a man called Abraham, and a woman called Sarah.
I am going to paraphrase the story of Abraham and Sarah which can be found in Genesis chapter 15-21.
Now Abraham was promised to be the father of many nations, and was promised a son by his wife Sarah, but Sarah was barren so then how could this be possible?
But remember with God ALL things are POSSIBLE.
Abraham and Sarah waited, and waited, but Sarah grew impatient to the point where she convinced Abraham to have sexual relations with her servant, and so he did and Ishmael was born, and when Ishmael was born Sarah was ridiculed by that same servant she gave to her husband, and this hurt Sarah.
Ishmael was not the promise that God willed for Abraham and Sarah, yet God did not despise Ishmael, nor did He despise Hagar the mother of Ishmael.
So Abraham and Sarah continued to wait on the Lord, and it got to the most impossible stage in their lives and that was when the promise happened.
Sarah was pregnant!
Sarah nearly 100 was pregnant, and she bore what the Lord had promised Abraham and Sarah, she bore Isaac.
Now it may not take 100 years of your life before you receive your promise, but then how long are you willing to wait on and trust in The Lord?
I will give you another example of someone who waited on The Lord, he was described as a man after God’s own heart and he is called David.
I am also going to paraphrase the story of David, which can be found in the book of 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and the book of Chronicles.
David was a humble young man of God, he was a shepherd boy, and was the least amongst his brothers.
The Lord used the prophet Samuel to prophesy into David’s life that he would one day be king, and he anointed him.
David was a shepherd boy, but he was strong he fought a lion, a bear, and a giant, but he still was not king.
Rather, David later became a commander.
Now remember God promised David that he would be a king, but he was not king for many years he was not king.
In fact before he was king he was the servant of king Saul.
Humility is what will elevate you.
For some time king Saul pursued David, until finally The Word of God was established, and David eventually became king.
Now remember, it did not just happen yet David was not reluctant towards God, and neither did he despise Him.
Rather David continued to show humility before God by continuously worshiping Him, He honoured the Name of The Lord and that is why The Lord blessed Him.
No wonder David was described as a man after God’s own heart.
Lastly I want to give an example of a young woman, she also acts as a reminder of how close we are getting to the end of the year, and that is the Virgin Mary.
Mary was a young lady engaged to a man called Joseph, but one day she was visited by an angel whose name is called Gabriel the messenger of God.
Angel Gabriel had a message for Mary that I’m sure many women would have been reluctant to receive.
“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,”
“to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.”
“And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!””
“But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.”
“Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.”
“He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.”
“And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.””
“Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?””
“And the angel answered and said to her, “ The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
“Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.”
“For with God nothing will be impossible.””
Mary a young woman of God was frightened, but she was not reluctant and she said:
“Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”
Let’s be honest how many women would have received that right there and then, I’m sure many of us would have procrastinated, and worried till God just chooses another woman.
Believers The Lord can use anyone for His glory, the issue is are you willing and ready to yield to His will.
Believers are you really ready to allow the Lord to use you for His glory?
Do you understand that God works in mysterious ways, and that He can do the most outrageous things through you just to showcase His glory?
Will you be patient enough to wait, and appreciate humble beginnings?
Believers are we really willing to yield to the perfect will of God?
Believers this morning I just want to challenge, and encourage you to just trust God.
God Himself said with Him nothing is impossible.
If He could cure king Naaman of an incurable disease, then surely He is more than able to do just what He promised you.
God bless you, remember humility is key, keep the faith, and trust God in the midst of impossibilities.😊️🙏