“Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he 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 to you, and you shall be clean.’ But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, ‘Indeed, I said to myself, he will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’” 2 kings 5: 1,9-11
Many times we, ourselves, are the greatest hindrance to receiving the miracle that we need. That was certainly the case with Naaman! Naaman, like so many of us, had preconceived ideas about HOW God was going to do it. In my experience, God rarely does it the way that you thought that He would! We must be careful to not put God in a box because your miracle may be outside the box of your comfort zone or of your theological understanding. After all, we shouldn’t really care HOW God performs the miracle that we need as long as He gets all the glory?
Another problem that Naaman had, that many of us have today, was pride. Not only is pride very destructive, it is also very deceptive. Only a proud person would think that they had no pride! In Romans 12:3 we are warned about the dangers of thinking of ourselves too highly when Paul writes, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly…”
In James 4:6 God’s Word says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” God’s grace is His power! If you need healing in your body then you need God’s healing grace to flow through your body. But pride will hinder God’s healing grace from touching you. This is why James goes on to write in verse 10, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Before God can raise you up from your sickness you must humble yourself to receive His healing grace through any method that He sees fit.
Beware of any preconceived ideas of how God will manifest your healing. Be on guard against becoming offended if the minister doesn’t respond to your request in the way that you thought He should. Your miracle may come through the laying on of hands or it may come another way. Stay humble and open to how the Holy Spirit chooses to confirm His healing Word to you!
Confession: Lord I believe your healing promises are for me. Help me to not grieve or quench the Holy Spirit, but to obey and follow all of His instructions.