And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, 'Wash, and be clean'?" (2 Kings 5:13)

God uses ordinary people and simple things to accomplish the extraordinary. He doesn't always work the way we expect, as seen in the life of Naaman, but His ways are always best.

Naaman was the commander of the Syrian army and a valiant solider, but he had leprosy. A young Israeli girl, who served his wife, suggested he go to the prophet Elisha in Samaria for healing. With the king's permission, he left with his horses and chariots and arrived at Elisha's doorstep. To his surprise, Elisha didn't come out and meet him. Instead, Elisha sent a messenger, who told Naaman to go dip in the Jordan River seven times and his leprosy would be cured. Naaman was furious. He thought Elisha would at least come out and greet him and perform a healing ritual. Naaman left angry, but his servants came and urged him to follow Elisha's instructions. And so he did. He dipped seven times in the Jordan River and was completely healed. Naaman was humbled and went to Elisha and said, "There is no other God in the world, except in Israel." (2 Kings 5:15)

Naaman learned a hard lesson in humility. His story shows us the importance of submission and obedience to God. Had he not obeyed Elisha's simple command, he would have walked away a leper and not known the true God.

Heavenly Father, train us in the ways of submission and obedience. Help us to learn from life's lessons and become more like Jesus. In Jesus' name. Amen.


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.