Naaman, a captain of the army of Syria, sent for Elisha to heal him of his leprosy. The prophet Elisha sent a servant to give Naaman a message. This message was for Naaman to wash himself in the Jordan River seven times to be healed from leprosy (2 Kings 5:10). But Naaman got upset (5:11). He got upset because he thought Elisha should heal him differently. Naaman said, “I thought, He [would] surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover [me]” (5:11). But the servants of Naaman came to Naaman. And they told him to not think of the manner of his healing, but the opportunity to be healed (5:13). Naaman listened to the advice of his servants. He washed himself seven times in the Jordan River. And God healed him from his leprosy.
Jesus Heals the Soul
Elisha points to Jesus’ care for not only your body but your soul. See, Jesus wants to heal you of more than your superficial problems. He wants to heal your soul. Jesus wants to heal you from the deep issues of being jealous, angry, proud, dishonest, unbelieving, and other traits, which will cause you to go to hell. Jesus is more concerned with the well-being of your soul than with the things of this world. He knows your soul is more valuable than anything in this world.
Naaman had to get over his pride to get healed of his leprosy. And his healing wouldn’t have happened if Elisha healed him in the way he wanted. Naaman had to receive the commandments of God through the prophet Elisha humbly.
A story involving Jesus contrasts the story of Elisha and Naaman. And ironically, it involves another captain in the army. In this story, a Roman commander sends a servant to ask Jesus to heal his servant, and Jesus says he will (Matthew 8:5-7). But when Jesus is on his way, the Roman commander sends another servant to Jesus to tell Jesus, “Just say that the servant is healed” (Matthew 8:8; Luke 7:6-7). The Roman commander said he was not worthy enough for Jesus to step foot in his house (Matthew 8:8; Luke 7:6-7).
What Makes Faith Great?
When the Roman commander said this, Jesus “marvelled, and said, ‘Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel’ “ (Matthew 8:10; Luke 7:9). Now, some people think Jesus said this because the Roman commander believed Jesus could heal his servant from afar. But there are other examples of people believing that Jesus could heal this way (John 4:43-54). What made the Roman commander’s faith great was not how he believed Jesus could heal his servant, but the humility attached to the Roman commander’s faith.
Unlike Naaman, the Roman commander did not have a problem with pride. The Roman commander didn’t need Jesus to come inside his house and make a big event out of healing his servant.
Do you have a problem with pride? Do you have a problem with anger, jealousy, lying, or unbelief? Does following Jesus require you to get over one of these things or some other area in your life? Is something stopping you from accepting Jesus’ love and healing power? Whether it is pride or some other area in your life, you must make sure nothing stops you from experiencing the love, mercy, and grace of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Cares for All of You
Jesus wants to help you. But he wants to help you completely. Making sure you have enough money is important, but Jesus wants you to be spiritually rich. Others respecting you is ideal, but Jesus wants to make sure you remain humble. Being ambitious can be a benefit, but Jesus doesn’t want you to be jealous or envy other people’s stuff. Jesus wants your soul to be healthy because he knows healthy souls will live with him forever. Sick souls live in hell. Why not not believe and accept someone who cares for your complete self?
Thank you, almighty God, who sent your precious son. Thank you, Jesus, for caring for all of me. I know I might think my body is important. But I thank you, who reminds me my soul is the most important. Thank you for caring about the things that really matter in my life. Lord, you are all and know everything. Thank you for revealing the things in my life I need to get over so I can live with you forever. I am so glad you know how to help me get over the things in my life which keep me from experiencing your love and healing.