When Naaman (a successful Aramean army commander and a mighty warrior) who suffered leprosy, expected spectacularly performed miraculous healing process, or at least more professional treatment as executed by the usual medical profession in those days, he was merely told to do an apparently simple thing, to go and wash himself seven times in the ordinary Jordan River (far less impressive than his own country’s mighty rivers). The famous general was very much offended. He refused to do it and nearly missed his healing.
But the man’s subordinates gave him the following sensible advice: “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something more difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!'”
(in modern day language: Sir, if the doctor had told you to do or take some complicated and costly medical treatment, you would have obeyed the doctor and submitted to it….why don’t you obey the man of God now and do what he or she has instructed through the Holy Spirit, such as, worship, sing praises, pray, read the Bible..)
So commander Naaman duly humbled himself and did what the man of God, Elisha had instructed him. he was healed. (This historical record can be read in 2 Kings 5:1-19)
The message today to those who are similarly seeking for divine healing is: do not take offense. Forget about your own past expectation and experience. If those methods had worked you would not have needed to come for divine healing from God, through Jesus. Many had missed out because they came to healing meetings or to churches that believe in Jesus heals, with their own agenda. When they found out that it was not so, they were offended.
They left. Others stayed and were healed. Those who left went back to their old treatment ways and suffered further deterioration of their bodies. Just as in Jesus’ times, those who took offense because Jesus did not fit into their expected mold, were not healed. For examples, the Pharisees and scribes were busily scrutinizing the methods Jesus used and all the external religious formalities they had expected Him to comply with but He did not.
These offended people who needed healing and deliverance came so near and yet left without receiving what they really needed, a changed life, a healed body (and mind).
Like Naaman’s officers, this blogger urged you, don’t be offended, stay and hang on. Hold fast to God’s words. Let go all your natural knowledge and expectations, and believe in the supernatural. Humble and obey like Naaman did. Flow with God’s way of healing. Be healed.