There is an incredible message in the story of Naaman for God's people, a message most of God's people miss which may be costing them their health and their faith.
Naaman was struck with a skin disease. So he packed up some riches as payment and went to seek healing from the king of Israel. Of course the king could not do that so the prophet Elisha came to the rescue.But Naaman already had his mind made up of how he would be healed.
"Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.
But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage."
(2 Kings 5:10-12)
Naaman almost missed his chance to be healed because it didn't match up with the way he thought it should be done. He thought if he wasn't instantly healed by the prophet waving his hands over him, then at least it should be in a better river than the Jordan. But reluctantly, Naaman obeyed (in part due to the promptings of his servants) and followed the unconventional way of healing as he was directed. And because of that, his faith in God was restored along with his health. "Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel."
God did not need a "cleaner" river like Naaman thought in order to heal him. Was it possible that God used such an unconventional way of healing Naaman in order to see where his faith really was? And if so, is it possible that God still does that today? Could it be that if we already have decided in our mind how God will heal us that God might call us to a different, maybe unconventional, way in order to simply bless us with increased faith as well?