*copied from The Upper Room Daily Devotional dated June 18, 2005
Read 2 Kngs 5:1-14
"Naaman said,'Are not the Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?'"
-2 Kings 5:12
Our young son ran his hand over a piece of rough rood and got a splinter. He didn't like this because it hurt going in and irritated his hand. But he disliked our plans for removing the splinter even more. He objected vigorously to our offer to help. He claimed the splinter didn't really hurt and therefore didn't need to come out; he said it was already out; he even held the injured hand behind his back and tried to pass off his other hand as the one that was hurt. Fearing the treatment would be more painful thant he injury, he wanted to leave the splinter in.
Like Naaman who was unwilling to wash in the Jordan, our son was unwilling to try the plan that would help him. Once we got the splinter out, he was glad. And the splinter, when it seemed so huge when it was in his hand, looked tiny once it was out.
When I have some fault or grudge stuck in me, it may hurt and irritate me. But I still find all sorts of special reasons for leaving it alone. Once I stop argueing, however, GOD is able to do what must be done to help me toward healing and wholeness.
Prayer: O Lord, make us willing to admit our need for your healing. Amen.