Scripture: 2 Kings 5:10 Elisha sent a messenger to (Naaman, the famous warrior), saying, “Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, “I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?” He turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants approached and said to him, “Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.
Observation: Naaman was a big deal in his day as the leader of a great army. He apparently expected a spectacular healing demonstration commensurate with his status. At the very least he expected the prophet Elisha himself to perform the act. Naaman was disappointed. There was no show. A humble servant, not Elisha himself, gave the instructions. But most importantly Naaman was indeed healed – though he almost let his foolish pride get in the way.
Application: I have to admit I can get angry when I feel belittled or disrespected. It doesn’t happen often, but it bothers me more than it should. If I’m not careful, I’ll let someone else’s careless word or gesture ruin my day – which seems dumb when I think about it. Why should I allow someone else to have that much power over me? I can choose to ignore an offense or get angry. More and more I’m choosing the former, but not always.
Prayer: Lord, give us grace to keep our pride in check when others do or say something that might offend us. Life’s too short to walk around angry. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.