Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:1 through 2 Kings 8:15
Are you in need of a miracle today?
We serve a big God who is all powerful and with just a word you could instantly have your miracle! But most of the time He uses people to bring our miracles to pass.
The story of Naaman’s healing in 2 Kings 5:1-19, is a perfect example of how God uses people and timing to get His Will and His miracles accomplished in our lives.
Naaman had leprosy. In those days there was no cure, because of that he wasn’t expecting a miracle, but God had a miracle for him.
- King Aram thought highly of Naaman because he was the leader of the his army and had won great victories.
- Aramean raiders invaded Israel and captured a young girl who was given to Naaman’s wife as a maid.
- The Young girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy.”
- Naaman’s wife told Naaman what the young girl had said.
- King Aram wrote a letter of introduction to the king of Israel telling him to heal Naaman of the leprosy.
- When the king of Israel read the letter he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, that I can give life and take it away?”
- Elisha, the man of God heard of the king of Israel’s dilemma and sent him a message and told him to send Naaman to him and he would heal him.
- Elisha did not see Naaman face-to-face but sent his messenger (probably Gehazi) to tell Naaman to dip in the Jordan River seven times.
- Naaman became angry and left in a rage because Elisha didn’t have the decency to come out and wave his hand over him.
- Naaman’s officers reasoned with Naaman and convinced him to “Go wash and be cured.”
- Naaman did as Elisha instructed and his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child.
Eight individuals or groups had a part in Naaman’s healing.
- Naaman was a lazy commander of King Aram’s army and did not have favor with the king?
- The Aramean raiders had not captured this particular girl?
- The young girl had not know about Elisha?
- The young girl had not felt comfortable or had the confidence to speak up to her mistress?
- Naaman’s wife didn’t tell Naaman what her maid had said?
- Elisha had not been in Israel at that particular time?
- The king of Israel had not pitched such a fit and Elisha had not heard about if?
- Naaman’s officers had not encouraged him to do what Elisha said?
Wow! Talk about perfect timing. It really makes you think–what if that slow poke in front of you in this morning’s traffic was part of God’s miracle to keep you from being in a car accident? It changes everything when we begin to get in touch with the God-ordained side of our lives.
The amazing thing about this story is that not only did Naaman receive a physical healing, but he had a spiritual healing as well!
Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God. They stood before him, and Naaman said, “Now I know that there is no god in all the world except in Israel.” 2 Kings 5:15
If you are desperately in need of a miracle, be encouraged; the next person you see could be a part of your miracle!
How has God used other people to make miracles happen in your life?
Blessings in Jesus!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 21:8-20; 2 Kings 8:23-29; 2 Chronicles 22: 1-7; 2 Kings 9:1 through 2 Kings 10:17; 2 Chronicles 22:8-9; 2 Kings 10:18-31