Reading: 2 Kings 5: 9-14
We are often like Naaman. He comes before Elisha and expects some amazing action on Elisha’s or God’s part. When we bring a significant prayer or need fervently before God, we too hope for something big in response. We, like Naaman, expect God to act in a mighty way. We would like our all-powerful God to be just that and deliver a show-stopping answer to our need.
When the response we desire does not immediately come, we too can react like Naaman. When our desired outcome is not immediately there, we stomp off in a huff. We are disappointed, angry, and more. We question and doubt our faith and God. We may even play the ‘I have been so faithful and this is what I get’ card. And in our overreacting response we often miss God’s response.
Recently an acquaintance was really getting under my skin. It got to the point that I brought them before God. I needed God to fix this person. My prayers concerning this situation focused all on this person and the traits that so bothered me. After a short time my prayers were answered! But it was me who had been ‘fixed’ by God. I appreciated what had before irritated. I welcomed the very things that were annoyances as characteristics that our team needed to complete the task.
We too can be like Naaman and miss the simple yet very sufficient answer from God. May we attune our hearts and souls to all of God’s ways. This day may we see all of God’s activity in our lives so that we may experience all of His blessings.