Pastor Dave Sarsons
October 13, 2019
SERMON: October 13th, 2019 “Will You Ponder With Me?”
Where is your faith? Will you ponder? How many times do we base our faith on what someone else says other than the Word? How many things do we put our faith in? These are the questions that can arise from reading 2 Kings 5:1-16. “…Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram [and] he was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded…” (v.1) so it would not take too much thought to think that perhaps Naaman put his faith in himself, his position, or even his wealth. So when Naaman needed healing from leprosy, his wife’s servant girl from Israel, spoke of Elisha and off Naaman went to see the prophet with his “ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing” (v. 5). Now another question to ponder is whether or not Naaman was bringing this wealth as a ‘bribe’ or as a ‘thank you for healing me’. But when Naaman finally arrived, he went off in a rage because things did not go as he had planned and his pride was wounded – Elisha didn’t come and great him nor did Elisha “call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure [Naaman] of [the] leprosy.” (v. 11) Finally Naaman complied to wash in the Jordan River seven times and the resulting healing led him to a pile of dirt. Another point to ponder is whether or not Naaman thought the Jordan healed him, or this ‘dirt’ would continue to have miraculous powers if he brought it back with him. But in verse 18 when Naaman asks forgiveness for what he is about to do, leads to further pondering suggesting that Naaman at this point wasn’t ready to fully and entirely forsake himself and turn to God. We know that God opposes the proud (James 4:6). Faith is full surrender to the Lord of all of who we are – our position, our wealth, our families, our very selves. This faith is a day by day; moment by moment surrender.