How Naaman exhibits his faith in God


Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen – Hebrews 11:1. It is a deliberate confidence in God. Faith is needed to believe God who we cannot see.

Naaman was a commander of the army of the king of Syria. He was a great man and found high favor with his master. Through him, God gave victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. In those days, lepers were considered unclean and were not allowed to live with other people. They were outcast. Perhaps Naaman was allowed to mingle with people because of his greatness.

A little Israelite girl who had been carried off to Syria during one of the raids in Israel and was working in the service of Naaman’s wife informed her of the prophet who lived in Samaria who can cure her husband if leprosy. Naaman did not hesitate to tell his master of the good news from the wife. The king allowed him to go to Samaria for healing. He sent letters to the king of Israel about this.

The king of Israel thought the king of Syria was tricking him and was finding to go to war with Israel. Elisha heard this and ask the king of Israel to allow Naaman to come. Naaman coming to Israel will make Naaman and the whole Israel to know that there is a supreme God in Israel.

Naaman arrived with his horses, chariots and servants and stood at the door of Elisha. Elisha sent a messenger to him asking him to wash I’m Jordan for seven times, and he would be cured. Naaman was expecting that the prophet would call upon the name of the Lord his God and lay hands on him to be cured.

Naaman got angry and went away. His servants persuaded him to take the instructions of the prophet. He listened to the servants. He acted on the right actions of faith, dipped himself in Jordan according to the words of the prophet, and the leprosy left him. Naaman confessed that there is no God on earth but in Israel.

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