I wonder if Naaman had it fixed in his heart that he would do anything the Lord would tell him to do? I’m thinking not because if he had then he would have done immediately what Elijah had told him to do and not question him. There is anger but more importantly there is judgment, Naaman had already decided in his heart what needed to be done and where he should go. He thought that his ways were better. But then he got called out by his servants.
2 Kings 5:10 (ESV Strong’s)
10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.”
11 But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. 12 Are not Abana and 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. 13 But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
I can’t help but wonder how many times I have been Naaman? How many times have you been Naaman?
My opinion: You must be unmovable and unshakable in your heart, that you will do anything the Lord tells you to do. If you are not, then you will question when the Lord tells you to do something, just like Naaman did.
Naaman means in Hebrew. h5283. נַעֲמָן na‘ămâ
commander-in-chief of the army of Syria; stricken with leprosy he went to Elisha, eventually followed his instructions, and was cured
I would hate for my name to mean that I would eventually follow instructions.
Colossians 2:10 (KJV)
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: