So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. 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?” So he turned and went away in a rage. But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
2 Kings 5:9-14 ESV
This passage stressed to me how our personal preferences have impact on our reception of God’s Word. Naaman knew he was not well, in spite of his good reputation he suffered from leprosy, so he sought God’s prophet Elisha to heal him. We see initially that he was uncooperative when Elisha did not face him, sending just a messenger to give him an order to dip himself seven times in Jordan river. Naaman eventually followed what Elisha said after he was talked into by his people. Naaman was then healed and believed.
In a way, we are at times like Naaman. We are perpetually in need of God’s grace. However, when we are confronted by the truth and it does not present itself the way we are expecting it to be, then we become dismissive. We have a tendency to think more highly of who we are and where we currently stand while less of how badly we need the truth from God to get better.
Since 2015, when I started reading the Bible having recognized Jesus’ salvific works in my life, there were hard truths that brought out the Naaman in me. I must say that until now, there are biblical truths that are not easy to accept because of pride. But thank God for who He is! Through the godly people He places in my life who provide me counsel, I am able to change my personal biases with God’s truth, my heart to be after God’s heart, one day at a time. These godly friends of mine do not only speak the truth but they do it gently in love. I am blessed to have them!
Lastly, I have to admit that I am still far from being perfect. But armed with humility, I have hope that I am becoming what God wants me to be because of my assurance through Jesus Christ. Indeed, Jesus is my advocate, author and perfecter of my faith, He never rests transforming me to His likeness.
Soli Deo Gloria!