Feelings or Faith? #206

And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. (2 Kings 5:10-12)

God’s word is often contrary to the wisdom and emotions of men. The fury of Naaman reflects a heart yet unwilling to yield to the simple instructions of God’s word. Only when the sobering words of his servants prevailed did he dip seven times in the Jordan. When he followed God’s word instead of his own desires, God healed him (read 2 Kings 5:13-14). Do not fight against God’s word in preference of your own feelings. If you do, you only hurt yourself by refusing God’s word and the blessings that come by obeying Him.