Naaman exhibits the faith of Abraham. He is an excellent example of the truth that we are justified by faith! Naaman had to humble himself first before he was healed. He had to bathe in a filthy, stinking river (not his own clear mountain streams) and listen to the advice of servants. The miracle is – he did!
“Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.”
From the mouth of a little Israelites girl comes salvation to Naaman, a Syrian warlord. How gracious is our Lord God, and how important to know, that wisdom can be found at any age!
Too, it’s wonderful to see that after a furious rage, he calmed down and did listen to his servants – Naaman humbled himself and went to the Jordan, dipped seven times, and was healed.
Even better is that this leads to repentance!
“Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel;”
Here is a man, healed of a terrible disease, and his response is belief!
So for us, we can be encouraged in the story of Naaman, exhorted to humility before our Lord God and submitting under His purposes for us.
And often when we are storm-tossed and windy-beaten, to cast our cares on the Lord as the man cried out to King Jesus,
“I believe; help my unbelief!”
* God of all truth and mercy,
Lord there is none like You, You alone are God.
Thank You for the witness of Naaman, that he points us to You.
Please help us to submit under Your will for us, as You humble our stubborn hearts and foolish pride.