Millions of people are looking for a cure for their problems, their heartaches, and their fears. The Bible tells the story of a man facing a life or death problem, desperate to find a solution. When he was about to give up, help came from an unexpected source. Today, hope is still alive and a solution is still available to help you in your time of need!
Naaman was a man facing a hopeless future. He was dying. He had leprosy, a dreadful disease no one could cure. The Bible says he was a “mighty man in valour” (2 Kings 5:1). Not only was he the captain of the Syrian king’s host of soldiers, but the Lord had used Naaman to deliver Syria. This was a powerful man who had been struck down most unexpectedly. Then he heard about Elisha, a great prophet in Israel.
After a long journey, he expected to be welcomed as a great man. Instead, he found himself left standing at Elisha’s door. A messenger greeted him and told him to dip himself into the Jordan River seven times and he would be healed. Naaman was furious.
He wanted to be healed, but he wasn’t ready to relinquish his own will and understanding.
Worried and fearful, his servants began to try to persuade him to obey the prophet’s command. These wise men convinced him to give Elisha’s instructions a try. So he did. Coming up out of the water after the seventh time, he discovered he was clean!
Not only was Naaman healed of his leprosy, but his heart had been changed as well. He returned to Elisha and told him he would no longer offer burnt sacrifices or offerings to other gods. Naaman had found the one true God.
Sin: the Most Urgent Problem
Naaman is like many of us who miss the true problem. In God’s eyes, he was unclean because he was a sinner, not because he had leprosy. Like Naaman, we are all violators of God’s Law, condemned to die because we are sinners. Sin separates us from God. The Lord God Jehovah is holy. He cannot look upon sin.
Jesus offers us the gift of salvation. We have only to receive it. Naaman’s story is a picture for us of God’s saving grace. He takes the unworthy, the condemned, and the unclean and transforms us by the shed blood of Jesus into His forgiven children.
All Naaman had to do to be restored to health was to dip seven times in the Jordan River. All we have to do is accept Jesus as the Son of God who died on a cross and rose again on the third day to demonstrate His sacrifice had been accepted as payment for sin.
Jesus is the solution to our problems.
Jesus gives us a certain future in Heaven.
Jesus changes hearts and minds.
Jesus helps us overcome our fears and soothes our heartaches.
Jesus is available to all who will receive Him.
Copyright 2013 by Linda Hull, Words of Encouragement Blog