2 Kings 5:14 NKJV So, he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
All Naaman had to do was a dip in the Jordan River seven times. His leprosy would be healed, but he balked at doing that. He wanted to dip in a cleaner river. The Jordan was a dirty river. Maybe he felt it was beneath him. After all, he was the commander of his king’s army. Didn’t they know who he was?
It’s just like God to use a dirty river to make you clean. He never follows the conventional wisdom. I think He does that because there’s a heart issue He’s dealing with. He not only wants to heal you physically but also spiritually.
He’s more concerned about your spiritual health than your physical health. Sometimes we must resolve our heart issues before we’re physically healed. Naaman could have gone to a cleaner river and dipped, but nothing would have happened. He would have still had with leprosy and his heart would have still had spiritual leprosy.
God knows exactly what to ask us to get to the heart of the issue. It will be something simple, but it will feel like the hardest thing to do. Or the hardest thing to answer. It will cause us to admit something we don’t want to admit. To acknowledge something about ourselves, we’d rather not.
How hard is it to dip in a river seven times? Especially when doing so will heal you of an awful disease. Even if the river was like the sewer, if it would heal you of leprosy, then do it. The other stuff can be washed off.
Just like when Jesus came down here and dipped Himself into humanity. He completely immersed Himself and got dirty. He took all the filth, disease and sin upon Himself, but He rose again in a glorified body that was washed clean. Just like what He does for us when we accept Him as our savior.
Naaman dipped in the Jordan River in all its filth, and healed of leprosy, pride, and his claim to himself.
When God asks you to do the simple but hard thing, will you?Will you let go and immerse yourself in His forgiveness and salvation?