In 2 Kings 5 the Lord begins by recounting the healing of Naaman, the leper from Aram.  When he came to Elisha to be healed, Elisha told him to wash himself in the Jordan seven times and he would be healed.  Naaman was furious and at first would not do what Elisha had told him.  Some of Naaman’s servants encouraged him to try, he did and was healed.  Then Naaman returned to Elisha and wanted to give him a gift for healing him.  Elisha refused the gift, for Naaman’s heart had been turned to the LORD and that was all Elisha desired. However, Elisha’s servant, Ghazi, followed after Naaman so he could get the gift meant for Elisha.  He lied to Naaman and Elisha knew about it and Ghazi received Naaman’s leprosy.  The thing that stands out to me this morning is Naaman’s pride to not want to follow Elisha’s command in order to be healed.  Pride often gets in the way of obedience and therefore God’s people often miss out on all the LORD has for them.  LORD, may I be humble and know the joy that comes from walking in obedience to You.

– Bryan McKenzie

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