Wonder of God Meditations 16: Top People at Work
2 Kings 5:6 “I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.”
We may not think this is the most riveting of spiritual insight and teaching but what we are observing in this part of the story about Naaman is so common and so foolish that our world will only be truly changed when we take note of these things.
I do love the humour that appears behind human bumblings. See this: “so YOU may cure him”. The king of Aram isn’t into prophets, but he is to fellow-kings. Kings have power don’t they, so could you do us a favour and heal our man please? No wonder the king of Israel got stressed! Interestingly a medic recently said to me, “Medicine and science can only go about seventy per cent of the way, after that….” Wow! Honesty. But it seems the king of Aram is into magic because that’s all that’s left for miracles when you leave God out. When mankind excludes God, He just laughs (Psa 2:1-4) but I think when it comes to His family I believe He is sad when we revert to such thinking. Time for a mind check.
Let’s think about this a bit more. I am not a politician but this is worth thinking about. Wikipedia defines ‘politics’ as “the set of activities that are associated with making decisions in groups, or other forms of power relations between individuals, such as the distribution of resources or status.” Politics, most politicians would agree is about bringing change to a nation or a community. If half of what TV shows us is true then it is largely about bartering over limited resources. Another more realistic definition, therefore, might be, “the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.” It’s about power and change.
Now we are to honour and respect such individuals in our respective governments, as long as they act morally and ethically (check out Rom 13:1-7). Most will be acting with the best of intentions but our verse today reminds us that without God, those intentions and expectations are likely to be unrealistic without the wisdom of God. The king of Aram was asking the king of Israel to do something that was physically impossible. No wonder the king of Israel declares, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life?” (v.7) And he concludes. “See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!” (v.7) Now the answer, of course, is that no, he’s not, but he’s just going on what he’s been told and although he doesn’t understand it, he goes with it. Human beings out of their depth! But isn’t this how life is so often and it just needs a crisis to make us realize this, and realize we need God!