Meeting Athletisme Geneve 23

A disappointment is when something you have arranged in your mind does not happen that way. Namaan the leper, in 2 Kings 5, is an illustration of how disappointment works.

His Appointment

Namaan was given an appointment with Elisha, much to the relief of the king of Israel (v.8). But when Namaan’s cavalcade finally made it to Elisha’s front step, the powerful prophet didn’t even have the decency to greet Namaan himself. Elisha merely had his assistant pass along instructions for his healing, “Go wash in the Jordan river and be clean.”

His Disappointment

Verse 11 is the revealing statement, “But Namaan was angry and went away, saying, ‘“I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy!’” It’s really Namaan’s first two words that says it all: I thought. He had played it all out in his mind how his miracle would happen.

His Unchecked Ego

Three things stand out that set the stage for disappointment. First, the ego was not in check. Namaan was a “great man and well respected” (v.1). He knew it and everyone else in Syria knew it. He was ticked when Elisha didn’t act like he knew it. You may think something should go a certain way because of who you are. If so, you’re not thinking rightly, because you are nothing. An entitlement mentality sets the stage for disappointment.

His Passivity

Second, there are rarely passive participants in the miraculous. The way Namaan had his miracle play out in his mind was with him standing as a passive observer as the powerful prophet greeted him royally, prayed fervently, waved his hands assertively, and provided complete healing (read verse 11 again). You may think something should go a certain way without your involvement, but God often works with active faith, not presuming cockiness.

His Reluctance to Do Something Simple

Third, what we are asked to do is usually not difficult. Namaan’s attendants shrewdly played to their master’s ego by acknowledging that if he were asked to do something difficult, he would have gladly done so. He was put in a rage because he was asked to do something simple. You may think something should go a certain way because you’re willing to do the difficult, but it is faithfulness in the little things that God is looking for (cf. Luke 19:17).

Can God to It Differently?

It is a wonderful capacity God has given you to arrange possibilities in your mind. The source of your disappointment is when you don’t allow for a God who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (Eph 3:20). Or maybe a God who is able to just do things differently.

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