Text: :“Are not Abana and Pharpar rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them and be clean? So he turned and went in a rage. And his servant came near, and spoke unto him and said, my father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou, not have done it? How much rather then, when he saith to thee wash and be clean?” - 2 Kings 5:12, 13.
Comment: The story of Naaman who felt it was below him to bathe in River Jordan but who got cured when he listened to advice, teaches us a lot about humility. The story highlights the fact that God Almighty is not the God of the Jews only but also of the gentiles. (Romans 3:29,30) It shows that high position does not protect one from the most detestable of calamities. Very importantly, one should listen to advice, even if it is from a servant, a captured slave for that matter. Moreover it is an example of a healthy master-servant relationship based on mutual love and respect rather than scorn and contempt. It shows in addition that help can come to one from unexpected quarters, that God can use even the lowly-placed to save one's life. That he would have remained a leper all his life had he returned to his country and what he gained by humbling himself to obey the instruction by the prophet of God are vital lessons for people of God. “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” (Psalm 40:3, 4) “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” - Habakkuk 2:4.