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Naaman healed of leprosy

Naaman was healed of leprosy in 2 Kings 5 NOT according to his own preconceived ideas. 

Are you expecting God to heal a certain way? I know I was. When I was first unwell all those years ago, there were many medical treatments for doctors to try. 

 I can’t remember now how many there were in total. It was something like 16 or 17, not including medications. 

Even when I saw the top London guru doctor, I was sure he would have something up his sleeve. 

Each time a procedure failed, it was disappointing… but then there was the next treatment to try. Was I putting faith in the wrong thing? 

At the time, I was sure my faith was in God. 

As you know, all treatments failed and the doctor realised he was out of options, it was a huge blow. I thought my life was over.

Of course, it’s much easier to believe God for healing when you know He can use doctors. I just didn’t realise how much so until I found myself in this place.

Perhaps I was expecting God to heal through medicine after all. 

 

NAAMAN HEALED OF LEPROSY

 

Naaman in our story, was expecting to be healed in a way that matched his worldly greatness.  He made an assumption based on his pride. See LESSONS FROM THE STORY OF NAAMAN. QUIT THE PRIDE.

But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.

2 Kings 5:11

Naaman had already decided how he would be healed. He ‘thought…surely’. He had a made up mind.

His thinking was something like this: ‘because I’m better than everyone else, because I’m someone special, I know that the prophet will perform some theatrical scene to heal me’ 

The problem was his self-talk. What is your self-talk saying? Have you made up your mind how God is healing you? Perhaps you too think God will perform some mighty miracle for the world to see?

I like to journal. It’s a way of getting everything that’s in my head, down on paper. Often when I see my thoughts in front of me, I can see whether or not they are in line with Scripture.

 

FAITH IN THE WRONG WAY

 

Naaman had faith in the wrong method; he wanted to be healed of leprosy his way.

Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.

2 Kings 5:12 

I’ve been to many healing conferences over the years where people have received an instantaneous miracle. Of course many others didn’t. I know that disappointment.

It’s good to be expectant. But we always have to remain open that whilst God does want you well, perhaps it just isn’t God’s way to heal in that moment. 

He was something better for you. Instantaneous isn’t always better or more superior. 

Mary and Martha expected Jesus to heal their brother Lazarus. God had something better in mind. He didn’t heal Lazarus, He resurrected him.  

Surrendering to God’s way can be hard. We want the healing as soon as possible so we can get on with our lives. For me, accepting that my plan wasn’t God’s plan was a journey. 

The man at the pool of Bethesda spent 38 years thinking his healing was in a certain way. He sat there waiting for someone to take him to the pool, then for an angel to stir the waters. 

Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up…

John 5:7

His faith was in the wrong thing and the wrong people. see HEALING AT THE POOL OF BETHESDA: WHY SOME DON’T HEAL

 

FAITH IN THE WRONG PEOPLE

 

Naaman wanted this famous prophet to ‘wave his hand’ for him to be healed of his leprosy. He put his faith in man, not God.

I wonder if you’re expecting someone with ‘healing gifts’ to lay hands on you? Perhaps you think someone in leadership or someone ‘famous preacher’ will pray and you’ll receive? 

I can think of a few people who believe they’ll be healed because ‘so and so’ is praying for them, and they name drop some leader.

It’s easy to think that those in leadership and on the platform are more likely to get results. I know plenty of people who assume that the church pastor will visit them in hospital or at home. 

It was God who healed Naaman of leprosy, not Elisha. Likewise our healing comes from God, not man.

 

NAAMAN’S SERVANTS

 

Whilst Naaman was a prestigious wealthy leader, God uses servants to bring about his miracle. First we have the young unnamed servant girl from ‘enemy territory’, then a couple of servants. 

Neither of these people were the types of people Naaman would normally listen to. 

God can speak through anyone (even a donkey!). If you only listen to leaders, people on the platform, famous preachers etc, then you’re narrowing your capacity to receive, in my opinion. 

I remember when I worked in a Nursery, I learned so much from the children. For instance, have you ever seen children play together, best of friends, then before you know it, a fight breaks out? Now they’re enemies. 

Not long later, they’re busy playing together again as though the altercation never happened. No grudges and no unforgiveness. 

The Holy Spirit speaks to us all the time, in many different ways. Our job is to be open to His voice. 

We live in a social media world where we choose who we listen to and follow. Oftentimes great leaders or those on the platform. 

One of my closest friends is a cleaning lady. I hear God’s voice through her all the time and I’m so unbelievably grateful that God put her in my life.

 

TRUST

 

What if God wants to speak to you through someone from a different denomination, social status or level of leadership? Maybe even a child? 

I wonder what your life would look like, if you let go of all your preconceived ideas of how God will work in your life, especially regarding your healing?

Would it change the thoughts you have or the people you speak to?

I don’t believe anything surprises God. He knew about your illness when He wrote the plan for your life. We already know that it is always God’s will to heal. See IS IT ALWAYS GOD’S WILL TO HEAL?

That must mean He knows what you need, when you need it. He puts the right people in place, the opportunities and has put your breakthrough in motion.

Our responsibility is to keep on trusting even when we don’t see any difference. I hope this post and also this website, will encourage you to do just that.

Take care

Lorna x

Have you read the other posts in this series on Naaman:

DO YOU FEEL ASHAMED OF YOUR ILLNESS? HERE’S WHY (PART 3)

HOW TO DEAL WITH SHAME IN ORDER TO RECEIVE HEALING (PART 4)

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