Have you ever received a word or known what the Word said, but you didn’t like it? Perhaps you decided to take a different action. Perhaps it even angered you.
This was the case with Naaman. (II Kings 5) He was captain of the host of the King of the Syrian army. He had raided Israel (Samaria) and taken some captives, one of which was a young Israelite girl who became Naaman’s wife’s maid.
Naaman came down with the dreaded leprosy. The maiden told her mistress there was a prophet in Samaria that could heal his leprosy, and the word was passed up line to the King. Naaman was so valuable to the Syrian king that he sent Naaman with a letter to the King of Israel to recover Naaman from his leprosy. Israel’s king was extremely anguished, fearing that the Syrian King was looking for an excuse to invade. He even said “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? Wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.” (II Kings 5:7) When Elisha the prophet heard that the king had rent his clothes, he told the king to send the man to him. When Naaman came to Elisha’s door, Elisha would not even go out to meet him, only sending a messenger to tell Naaman to go wash in the Jordan river seven times. Naaman felt insulted and extremely angry, saying the river of Damascus was far better than the Jordan river. He had no intention of following Elisha’s instruction, and set out to return home.
Naaman’s servants urged him to reconsider. “If the prophet had bid you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it?” (v. 13) Servants have no right to correct their masters, especially one of such a high position, yet they saw his folly and spoke to him.
Naaman recanted. He dipped seven times in the Jordan river and came up healed of leprosy. He returned to Elisha to give him the reward sent by Syria’s king: ten talents of silver, six thousand pieces of gold, and six changes of raiment (probably royal). It was a fortune. Elisha refused it, because he was doing the Lord’s work and did not want a heathen king to think he could be bought. Naaman became convinced that Israel’s God, Yahweh, was the only true God in all the earth. Sometimes we choose to resist what God tells us.
Another person maybe lead to admonish us to do the right thing. Romans 15:14 (KJV) says, “…that ye…are…able also to admonish one another.” Sometimes we need the corrective voice of another. Do not hold it against them; rather, appreciate the fact that they care enough for you to speak up. Naaman’s servants did it for him. God may prompt someone to do it for you, or he may prompt you to speak up to someone else. Follow His voice or His word.