Today was our fifteenth miracle meeting. We had an unexpectedly large turn out. I was expecting only the three boys (Nahim, Golu and Vinod), and possibly Mahima to attend. But, along with them, Aashima and her mother, Puneet, Manuj and his mother, and Anu Didi and Arshana also attended.
I shared a message on Naaman the leper. The Bible tells this story about Naaman the leper:
1 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”
5 Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”
So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.
7 And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”
8 So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”
9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 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.” 11 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.’ 12 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. 13 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’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”
16 But he said, “As the LORD lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.
II Kings 5:1-16.
From this story we can learn many things. I pulled out four basic lessons. First, although Naaman was a rich man, he was a powerful man, he was a respected man, he still was incomplete without God. He needed God. He was not self sufficient. His money, his power, nor his position could buy him the healing that only God could give him. So, now matter who we are, or where we are in life, we should always remember that we need God. We cannot do everything on our own (in fact, I often them, I can do nothing on my own).
Second, when we have a need, we have to go directly to the one who can fulfill that need. If you are sick, you need a doctor. A lawyer cannot prescribe the correct medicine. Similarly, if you are in a legal bind, you need a lawyer. A doctor cannot argue your case before a judge. Here, Naaman wanted to be healed. The servant girl told him that if he went to the prophet Elisha, he would be healed. But, Naaman first went to the King. The King tore his clothes and said, “I am not God. How can I heal him?” But when he went to Elisha, and Elisha went to the Lord on his behalf, he was healed.
Third, lesson is that we need to obey God and continue to have faith even when it doesn’t make sense. Here, Naaman was upset when God didn’t do the miracle the way that he expected. He wanted thunder and lightening. He wanted pomp and show. He wanted magic words to be chanted. But, all Elisha told him, and that too through a messenger, was to dip seven times in a dirty river. At first Naaman almost didn’t obey. It was “beneath” him. But, then at the prompting of his servant, he decided to give God’s command a chance. And as he dipped, possibly the first time nothing happened. Even the second time, nothing happened. He dipped again, and still he was a leper. He dipped a fourth and fifth time, but yet his skin was still the same. He dipped a sixth time. Still nothing. He could have stopped, thinking this isn’t working. But, in obedience he dipped a seventh time, and he came out of the water completely healed. Total obedience led to perfect results.
The fourth lesson is that in no way can we ever pay for, buy, earn or “deserve” God’s blessings. Naaman tried to give Elisha money after he was healed, but Elisha refused. God’s blessings are a result of His love, mercy and grace. They are a free gift. He already took the 39 lashes for our healing
After the message, we prayed for Mrs. Agarwal again. She said that she had gotten relief from the cervical problem on Sunday, but the pain had returned to some extent. We prayed, and again the pain completely left.
Nahim testified that the other day, after we had prayed for his mom and told him to go home and lay hands on her, he did. She had had pain in her legs, which the Lord healed!
I also prayed with Puneet. He has been believing the Lord for a good job and for admission into grad school, but everywhere, the doors seem to be closing in his face. He is getting a little disappointed. I told him to hold on to his faith and the Lord would surely reward him. I reminded him of what we had talked about in Naaman’s story. Naaman had to dip seven times. If he had stopped earlier, he may not have been healed. He had to persevere in his faith and the Lord rewarded him with perfect healing. So, Puneet and I prayed that the Lord would open the doors both for a temporary job and for college.
After the meeting, the kids returned with a police officer. The police officer said that he wanted prayer because he often runs out of breath. We prayed for him. He said he would try to return for additional prayer next week.
Scripture for the Day:
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother. Proverbs 10:1.