“10 以利沙打发一个使者对乃缦说：“你去在约旦河中沐浴七回，你的肉就必复原，而得洁净。” 11 乃缦却发怒走了，说：“我想他必定出来见我，站着求告耶和华他神的名，在患处以上摇手，治好这大麻风。 12 大马士革的河亚罢拿和法珥法岂不比以色列的一切水更好吗？我在那里沐浴不得洁净吗？”于是气愤愤地转身去了。 13 他的仆人进前来，对他说：“我父啊，先知若吩咐你做一件大事，你岂不做吗？何况说你去沐浴而得洁净呢？” 14 于是乃缦下去，照着神人的话，在约旦河里沐浴七回。他的肉复原，好像小孩子的肉，他就洁净了。”
～ 王下 5:10-14 ～
Day 29 (04/09/12)
A heart of simplicity and humility must be maintained, as years go by, we can easily allow our experiences , knowledge etc to take over our child-like simplicity. Another even more common problem is: we tend to hold on to our own opinions and thinking till we cannot accept the revelations of the Spirit of Truth, or we may limit the work of God with our own thinking. All these can actually result in the formation of our own “religion”, and cause us to lose a lot of amazing experiences and blessings.
The Commander Naaman on one side could humbly believe in the young slave girl’s words, but on the other side he could not accept the words of the prophet the girl introduced. When he rejected what the prophet said with his own thinking and left angrily, he however listened to his servants’ advice to just do as the prophet had said. As a result, he was really healed!
So we see continued humility is so important. Apart from this, our companions are also very important, the attitude and faith of the people around us can influence us to do the right or the wrong thing, and of course therefore indirectly affect our blessings.
“10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.”
~ 2 Kings 5:10-14 ~