By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha."2 Kings 5:9-----Expectant -A hopeful expression that anticipates a favorable outcome.-Cheerful anticipation or a positive outlook on an approaching circumstance.-The joyful awaiting of something positively coming.Naaman "steals the show" on this one and delivers an active illustration of what hopeful anticipation looks like ... when we are responsive.Three virtues of Naaman:Expectant, Reactive, Responsive.------Today's Read: 2 Kings 5; Psalm 115Naaman was a man of considerable power.As Syria's military chief commander he ruled, organized, and strategically led his men into battle, soundly defeating Israel during an evil and corrupt chapter in her history.Naaman's strategic and apparent military ability kept him on the Syrian forefront ... but his plague of leprosy kept him from its social system.Leprosy wielded a power greater than a "man of power" could defeat.-----Hmmm ....God's amazing providences, here, also come into play.God had ordained a Syrian victory and, so had He also, providentially ordained a young captive Jewish maiden to be placed beneath the roof of the Commander's household.The little maiden was wise;So was Naaman's wife.In a conversation that piqued the subject of Naaman's leprosy, the nameless little maiden makes a bold and assertive proclamation that, if Naaman would appear before the prophet Elisha, his health would be restored and his healing would be complete.Mmmm ...And we are reminded that little people can engender great faith.Naaaman's wife and servants all end up playing a key role in steering Naaman's proud, passionate, demanding personality into a trusting, yielding, receptive position by which grace could be given the opportunity to restore and make whole.The prophet Elisha provided instructive healing words to Naaman:"And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, 'Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.'"2 Kings 5:10-----In the end, Naaman swallowed his pride, and allowed God's word to dictate his course and, seven dips later, his life was restored and he was made whole.Mmmm ...This story speaks to the volume of grace God desires to grant to us in Christ, if we are willing to be dipped and allow His gracious cleansing and restoration to take place within our hearts, upon true and humble repentance.This story speaks to the immeasurable quantity and quality of grace provided to all those who come into willing submission to the Father and look to Him for true healing in the "inner" man.This story speaks to the plague of sin that consumes man;And the cleansing of Christ that restores man.Humble yourself,Take your "dips,"And allow Christ to restore you ... And make you whole.-----"Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordon, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean."2 Kings 5:14
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