There are times when we find ourselves in desperate circumstances. When you have reached the end of your resources and hope has gone, God still has the power, ability and desire to meet your need.
What is your need?
What is the one area in which you need to hear from God?
What in your life is handing you over to desperation?
What one thing stands out as needing a divine solution?
Just like Naaman, you might need a physical healing (2 Kings 5).
Do you have a relationship that’s more hurtful than helpful?
Are you facing a financial brick wall?
Do you need a job? Or a better job?
Are you facing eviction? Losing your car? Drowning in debt?
Do you need direction for your life choices?
No matter what your circumstances, no matter what your trial, God has a miracle for you.
Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife. Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy."
And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel."
Then the king of Syria said, "Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel." So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.
And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me."
So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, "Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel."
Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha's house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean."
But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, "Indeed, I said to myself, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.' "Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage.
And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, 'Wash, and be clean'?" So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, "Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant."
But he said, "As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing." And he urged him to take it, but he refused.
So Naaman said, "Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the LORD. "Yet in this thing may the LORD pardon your servant: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon-when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the LORD please pardon your servant in this thing."
Then he said to him, "Go in peace." 2 Kings 5:1-19 (NKJV)
Naaman had a need
Here’s a guy who has many of the things we want in life. He is successful in his profession. He is well regarded by those in authority above him. He has power, influence and wealth. So, what was Naaman’s need? The obvious, physical need is a cure for his leprosy. The greater need is for his salvation. The obvious need provided a way for the spiritual need to be met.
His need was a desperate one that threatened not just his position or his popularity or his life-style, but one that threatened his very life.
A need he could not solve on his own.
A need that was unanswerable by man.
A need that, unanswered, would eventually consume him.
A known and almost ‘common’ need of the day.
“And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” Luke 4:27 (NKJV)All his accomplishments could not meet his need.
All his success had become bitterness because of his physical need.
All his wealth was useless against this need.
All his recognition only magnified his need.
If you were Naaman, what would you do? Would you consult with the doctors? Would you appeal to your god? Perhaps seek out ‘alternative’ cures? It’s very probable that Naaman did all of these things.
Naaman prepared himself for a miracle
He finally took 150 pounds of gold and 750 pounds of silver and ten sets of fine clothing to Samaria on the chance that the rumor of the servant girl was true. He was “clutching at straws.” Naaman expected to pay, and to pay lavishly for a miracle. He did not expect it to be “free.” According to recent gold and silver markets, and accounting for the difference in regular and Troy ounces, Naaman brought $1,006,250.00 as payment for the healing he sought. Was Naaman desperate? There is no doubt. He was desperate enough to prepare to pay the cost for the answer to his need.
Prepare yourself for a miracle.
Commit yourself to God’s Word and God’s way. Commit yourself completely. Naaman’s $1,000,000+ is what I would call ‘commitment.’ It was no half-measure. He didn’t try to hold something back, “just in case.” Naaman committed. Prepare yourself for a miracle – not with half-measures, but by fully committing to God’s Word and His way. Commit yourself to God’s hand and God’s plan, and expect to receive God’s miracle.
“President Nixon once told me that while talking to Winston Churchill’s son, he told him how much he admired the prime minister’s great ability at giving “extemporaneous” speeches. Churchill’s son replied, “Oh, yes. I’ve watched my father work for hours preparing those extemporaneous speeches.”
How To Talk So People Will Listen, Steve Brown, Baker, 1993, p. 124
Naaman sought out God
By going to where God was moving.
By seeking out the Word of God.
We like to talk about our problems.
Mostly, we like to talk to others about our problems.
Talk to God about your need, then listen for His answer.
There is a time for talking and a time for walking. Seek God. Seek His counsel, and seek it directly from Him and His Word. Hold fast in prayer until you have heard from God. If you are unsure if you’ve heard from God, then ask for a confirmation. Don’t worry about it – God will be happy to confirm His leading to you. Seek God.
God’s Response to Naaman
God’s plan was simple: "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean."
As simple and easy as this was, Naaman struggled with it. He didn’t want to do it. God’s plan went against Naaman’s pride. It was a very hard plan for Naaman to follow.
Naaman was obedient
His pride almost cost him God’s miracle.
His pre-conceived ideas got in the way.
His revulsion of the solution (muddy waters) warred with his desire to be cleansed.
Naaman had to come to the point where he would strike out into unfamiliar waters in order to obtain his healing.
Naaman had to master his ego and submit humbly to God’s authority in order to receive God’s miracle.
Be obedient, even if you don’t like it.
Your pride could cost you God’s miracle.
Your pre-conceived ideas could get in the way.
Your human spirit’s distaste for the process will war with your desire to see God’s miracle come to pass. Hold fast to God’s leading and be obedient to His Word.
You may have to strike out into "uncharted waters." Do not fear, because your Heavenly Father loves you and is holding fast to you. He will keep you safe.
Naaman received God’s miracle
His journey wasn’t an easy one
He received God’s miracle (healing)
He is convinced that God is God (salvation)
He returns back to his home base with a miracle he could not pay for from a God that could not be bought.
God has a miracle for you
Your journey from where you are to the place where you receive His divine work may not be an easy one. BUT it will be the answer you need.
God is not worried about how to take care of you.
God is not afraid that He will run out of power to work on your behalf.
God is not concerned that He will “miss the mark” when working in your life.
God is not anxious that He won’t be able to do enough for you.
He is not forgetful, or too busy, or short on manpower, or over-committed.
As he did with Naaman, God will meet our needs, but not on our terms. God is not impressed with our pride nor intimidated by our demands.
What do you need today? What miracle are you waiting for?
Finances? Direction? Your living situation?
Physical healing? A restored relationship?
Begin now to seek God and to prepare yourself to receive His miracle.
Listen to His Word and His Spirit. Be obedient to His Word.
In doing this, you will be giving God the room He needs to work miraculously in your life.