What's So Hard About It?
Sometimes, the easiest solutions to problems get overlooked just because they're “too simple.” Nearly three thousand years ago, a man named Naaman almost missed the opportunity to be healed of a disease because he refused the simple solution.
II Kings 5 tells the story of a man named Naaman, commander of the Syrian army. Despite his great success, he was plagued with leprosy.
As “fate“ would have it, a little servant girl captured from Israel told Naaman's wife about a prophet named Elisha, who could heal Naaman's leprosy. So, Naaman came to Elisha's house in Israel with a big entourage, bringing gifts of gold, silver, and clothing. When Naaman came to the house, Elisha didn't even come to the door, but instead sent a messenger to Naaman, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.”
Instead of just taking Elisha's advice, Naaman got angry. He apparently expected to be healed by having Elisha just wave his hands. And, if he really had to go into a river, he preferred rivers more glamorous than the lowly Jordan. Seeing the furious, unhealed Naaman, his servants came to him and said the following:
“...if the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
You see, for Naaman, it was physically easy to simply dip in the Jordan, but difficult because of his great pride. It's the same thing with the message of the Gospel. It's not hard to understand, but for some, it's incredibly difficult to follow because it just seems too simple. The same pride that kept Naaman from getting healed keeps many people from receiving God's greatest gifts.
Remember, the answers in life are really simple. Don't let your pride keep you from “taking a dip.”
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