“… 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‘?” [2 Kings 5:13]
General Naaman went to Elisha hoping to receive healing for his skin condition – leprosy. The instruction he received was to wash himself in the Jordan 7 times. Naaman was very angry and wanted to leave, but his servants gave him wise counsel. Naaman expected to do something in return for a blessing of healing; he did not believe that the simple act of dipping himself in the Jordan would work. Simply put, Naaman trusted in works and wanted to earn the healing. He eventually followed the instruction, and probably still feeling doubtful as he stepped into the waters. Matthew Henry noted in his commentary that the LORD honored His promise and healed the general of leprosy. The story is recorded in 2 Kings 5:9-14.
We can see in the story the LORD showing grace to Naaman, and honoring His promise when Naaman obeyed His instruction. Today, when we share the gospel, we find people who prefer to believe a works-based salvation (similar mindset as Naaman). We need to let them know when they take that small step of faith towards Jesus, they can claim the promise – “believe, and be saved“.