Can we go back, after we have been proved wrong?
The king of Aram had great admiration for Naaman, the commander of his army, because through him the LORD had given Aram great victories. But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy. At this time Aramean raiders had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a young girl who had been given to Naaman's wife as a maid. One day the girl said to her mistress, "I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy." So Naaman told the king what the young girl from Israel had said. "Go and visit the prophet," the king of Aram told him. "I will send a letter of introduction for you to take to the king of Israel." So Naaman started out, carrying as gifts 750 pounds of silver, 150 pounds of gold, and ten sets of clothing. The letter to the king of Israel said: "With this letter I present my servant Naaman. I want you to heal him of his leprosy." When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes in dismay and said, "This man sends me a leper to heal! Am I God, that I can give life and take it away? I can see that he's just trying to pick a fight with me." But when Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes in dismay, he sent this message to him: "Why are you so upset? Send Naaman to me, and he will learn that there is a true prophet here in Israel." So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha's house. But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: "Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy." But Naaman became angry and stalked away. "I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!" he said. "I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the LORD his God and heal me! Aren't the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn't I wash in them and be healed?" So Naaman turned and went away in a rage. But his officers tried to reason with him and said, "Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn't you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, 'Go and wash and be cured!'" So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child's, and he was healed! (I kings 5:1-14-NLT)
I purposely wanted the scriptures above to be a little lengthy, we need to get the entire meaning and marinate in it for awhile. From time to time, all of us and I do not exclude myself desire to have a prayer or request answered in a particular way, or by someone else. We feel that only one person, or certain persons can do the job or complete our request. However, God always knows what and who is best for us.
Because Naaman was the commander of the army for a King, he felt that his request should be granted according to his desire. God, however, had a different plan. We are familiar with the scripture; For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11-NLT) The question is, do we believe it? As the story goes, King Aram sent a letter to the King of Israel asking him to heal Naaman, then the King gets angry. Why? So, Elisha said send him to me. However, when Naaman agreed it was his assumption that Elisha would lay hands on him. How many times do we assume things in our own intellect?
As it happens, Elisha sent a messenger to give Naaman an instruction to follow to receive his healing and then Naaman gets angry. Do we realize that in our anger we can miss the blessing and miracle that God has for us? Sometimes we just need to be grateful that God is moving in our lives. As the story goes, when Naaman finally listened and went to the pool and dipped, he was healed.
The part that I am a little concerned about is, he did not go back and apologize for not trusting the servant that God used for his healing. Naaman was wrong about his thoughts and how he felt his healing should come. So, my question is; how many times have we been wrong and never owned up to it? We must take ownership of our mistakes and admit to our wrong assumptions.
If never hurts to say I was wrong, and did not realize the blessing that was attached . Just because it is not delivered by who we desire, or in the manner that we thought it should be, does not mean it is not our miracle.
All of us, myself included must accept and stop trying to rationalize how God is going to do what only he can. Let's learn to take the blessing, healings, deliverance, and promises of God anyway and from anyone he chooses to use. God can and will do for us what no one else can. Give him a chance and watch him work.
Pastor's Mike and Allean Morgan are also facilitators for a class that was founded by Pastor's Francis and Flower
Briscoe entitled "What God Has to Say About "Marriage". Our next follow-up conference will be on April 13, 2019 from 1000am - 12noon at 4308 Broken Arrow Court, Clinton, MD 20735. This is the next to the last follow-up that we will have this year. Please come out and join us, we would love to see you there. You can visit our website for more
information at www.whatgodhastosayaboutmarriage.com.