Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

God in Our Own Image

“Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.’ But Naaman was furious and went away and said, ‘Behold, I thought, ‘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 cure the leper.’’” (2 Kings 5:10-11)

Naaman was a gentile who had a Hebrew servant girl.  When Naaman contracted leprosy, this servant girl told her master about Elisha, the prophet of God.  Looking for a quick cure, Naaman came to Elisha and was told to bathe in the Jordan, never a river known for its clear waters!  This command filled Naaman with rage, and he shared his desire that the prophet just speak an incantation, wave his hand over the leprosy, and provide instant healing.

How often do we want to tell God how to do His business?  The old saying, “beggars can’t be choosers” fits well here.  Naaman forgot that he was the beggar, at the mercy of God Almighty.   Until Naaman could find humility he would not find healing.  “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (James 4:10).

This is why Jesus taught that it is harder for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.  Naaman was a rich man, even bringing gifts of gold, silver, and fine clothing to present to Israel.  When this rich man was told to bathe in a muddy river, he was taken back.

Is there any area in which you are telling God how to do His business?

In His Grace,

Dr. Randy White

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