Today I am spending time with II Kings 5 which is the story of Naaman. This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible because it covers so much. Naaman, who was powerful and important humanly but was covered in leprosy. His wife’s maid was a young girl who had been taken from her family to assist this woman, but was also kind and caring and told her about Elisha, the prophet who she said could heal her husband of this dreaded disease. This was told to Naaman and got his attention so he did the necessary things to go to Elisha, who didn’t even come to meet him but sent a messenger to tell him to go wash seven times in the River Jordan.
Naaman was incensed because he was so accustomed to respect and this wasn’t shown to him and the rivers of Damascus were superior to that river in Jordan. Finally, he listened to his men who suggested that he might heed this and go and wash in this river, which he finally did and was healed. The humility he expressed played such a large part in this healing. Then I think of the little girl who was so loving to point this out to her mistress and they listened to her.
Colossians 2:2-3 reads “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Every step in this story was needed for Naaman’s spiritual growth.