2 Kings 5:1-5a; 9-14 (NLT)
1 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 leprosy2 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. 3 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.” 4 So Naaman told the king what the young girl from Israel had said. 5 “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.”9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 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.” 11 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! 12 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. 13 But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir,[c] 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!’” 14 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, and he was healed!
Today, we are starting a new series on spiritual preparedness! When going through something in life, are you spiritually prepared? We have talked about fasting before and every Wednesday, we meet to pray, but what does it look like in real time? Over the next several weeks, the series will focus on different people in the Bible and their spiritual preparedness. We will look at persons in the Bible who needed spiritual preparedness, were in the midst of spiritually preparing, or who were already spiritually prepared. It is my hope and desire that at least one of these stories will resonate with you so when you are going through, you can become spiritually prepared and also have a biblically based relatable connection.
Consider the following:
Today’s scripture found in 2 Kings chapter five is a story of a successful Syrian commander, Naaman, who had leprosy, and was spiritually unprepared. Yes you heard it right, he was a victorious warrior with an illness, yet he was spiritually unprepared. Although, he did not let his physical state take rule over his mental state, his spirituality was in question! (Of note, leprosy was a horrible disease during the Biblical times, which in some parts of the world people are still suffering from today!) In this story, we see that Naaman’s wife’s servant suggested that Naaman see the prophet Elisha to be cured of his leprosy. We see that in Naaman’s affliction, he turned to the Lord to be healed! Although he turned to the Lord, Naaman was spiritually unprepared because he was not fully ready to accept his healing as God saw fit to heal him. Naaman did not want to humble himself to God’s will. When one is spiritually unprepared they focus on the package instead of the contents of the package. Like Naaman, he focused on the river instead of the healing that would take place in the river. When you are spiritually prepared, you have the mindset that despite what it looks like on the outside, I know my blessing is on the inside! Today, I encourage you to not get so caught up with orchestrating your blessing or how it is supposed to be that you almost miss it! I also want to encourage someone that no matter how sick you are or how long you have been struggling with this physical ailment there are NO impossibilities with God. Time tests our faith but when struggling with sickness you must get it in your spirit that God is your healer! According to God’s word, today, I command you to live! I encourage anyone who is battling with a sickness to continue to do God’s work! Do not let it confine or limit you! Just as our text illustrates Naaman was highly esteemed due to his leadership even with leprosy, no limits and no boundaries! Know that God can use you in any state! I encourage you to seek healing and know that God can indeed heal! If He promised it to you, He will deliver!