In 2 Kings 5:1-19, we learn of a great man called Naaman. He was a valiant soldier who was doing so well in his career. 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 quite a prominent man, probably one of the richest man during his time. His family had their own personal servants which was a sign of wealth and power. Everything must have been going well for him, except for the fact that he had leprosy!
As revealed in 2 Kings 5:15, 17-18, Namaan did not know God. But even though he did not know Him, God was still providing for all his needs and giving him favor to succeed in his career. It was through Namaan that the Lord had given victory to Aram.
Even though God loved him so much, there was that one thing that was missing from his life – a relationship with the one and only true God. As we read the story of how he suffered from leprosy up to the time that he gets his healing through prophet Elisha, we learn that the greatest lesson he got from his healing was not that God can restore one’s leprous skin to be like that of a young boy BUT the existence of the one and only true God of Israel who is greater than any God in the whole world.
2 Kings 5:15
15 Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.”
The testimony that he took back to Aram was far greater and more important than having to suffer no leprosy but live without the knowledge of God.This story shows teaches us the amazing love of God the father. Through that love He endured seeing his child (Naaman) being affected by leprosy for a little while as He taught him and everyone else who could learn from his testimony, the existence of a powerful, loving, caring and living God.
Let us be thankful for some of the challenges that we go through, for we know He is working out something. Through those challenges God is revealing things to us, touching us, refining us and conforming us to be more like Christ.
I pray that like Naaman, our eyes and hearts become open to the lessons that God has in store for us. I pray that our rejoicing will not only come from experiencing the healing power of God but mostly from the establishment of an intimate and fruitful relationship with our Maker.
God wants us to know Him. He wants us to be aware of who He is and His dear love for us. He wants all of us to be in a good relationship with Him.