2 Kings 5:9-14—So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.”
But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage.
But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’” So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child, and he was healed!
We make things too complicated for ourselves sometimes. We think that in order to come to God, we have to go through all of these rituals and do everything just right. But God is a God of simplicity.
Naaman thought that Elisha would come to him and put on a big show so that he would be healed. Elisha’s instructions seemed too simple and easy to work.
The message of the Bible is this: “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) God will heal us, and all we have to do is believe, but sometimes we allow ourselves to overcomplicate things by trying to earn His love when He has already shown how much He loves us!
God doesn’t make it difficult for people to come to Him. Nothing we do can surprise Him—He knows us better than we know ourselves. We don’t have to hide who we are or what we’ve done in the past. Jesus didn’t pay the debt our sins created, then put it on loan and expect us to do something for Him. That debt has already been paid in full. All it takes on our part is belief and trust in what He has done for us.