Tough Pills to Swallow
"So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God…"2 Kings 5:14
Naaman, the captain of the army of Syria, had leprosy, so he went to the prophet Elisha to be cured. But Naaman’s real problem, greater even than his leprosy, was his pride. Before he could be healed he had to swallow three very bitter pills. The first was the fact that his healing was free, which meant that his money and his possessions were useless. The second was that Elisha’s instructions were very simple, so Naaman couldn’t impress anyone with his courage or military might. And the third was the exclusivity of the instructions. Naaman had to follow the instructions precisely – there was no other way.
That sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Humility, not pride, is what God requires when we are ready to listen to His prescription for healing from the disease of sin.