Expectations

 

The Healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-27)

1Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.

2Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.

So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

 

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11 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. 12 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.

13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

15 Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.”

 

 

 

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Naaman was angry initially because he expected Elisha to come outside and lay hands on him so that he could be healed. Just like Naaman we can expect God to do things for us in a certain way. You may be trusting in God for your finances, healing, a new job, housing, a spouse, restoration of a broken relationship e.t.c. but in your mind you have already mapped out how you think it should happen.

When things don’t happen the way we think they should we get frustrated and angry with God and we begin to question him.

 

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We need to remember that God is under no obligation to live up to our expectations. He is Lord and he does what he wants, when he wants and how he wants. PERIOD. It is crucial that we worship God for who he is and not for what he does.

Our God is a creative God and people were healed throughout the bible in many different weird and wonderful ways.

He will also fulfil our needs in new ways.

Isaiah 43:19

19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland

You may be believing in God for something and the position you are in makes no sense. You can’t see how you are going to make it through. But “lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

God works in mysterious ways that often make no sense to us at all. We have to let go of how we think things should happen and surrender to the master’s plan. Not doing so can hinder us from fully experiencing a move of God in our lives.

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Naaman did not understand why God would tell him to jump in the Jordan to be healed but his healing came after he surrendered and was obedient to God’s word.

The reality of being in this state of surrender is that you will not always be in the know. You probably will have no idea what your next steps are most of the time and this might make you feel uncomfortable and maybe even a bit anxious. The act of surrender is not easy but we have to trust that God is always in control even when it doesn’t “look” or “feel” like it.

He is able to work out ALL things for our good no matter how hopeless they may seem.

 

28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28

Written by Bernie x

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