My Way or God's Way

The Truth In Love

13 And his (Naaman) servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet (Elisha) had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it?   how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

2 Kings 5:13-14

Confession time.  How many of you out there watched the season premiere of American Idol this week?  I'm not an "Idol" addict, although I like watching the show when I'm home and it is on, but I watched parts of the two shows this week and was once again amazed and appalled.  It was painful to watch some of the lack of talent of some of the poor souls embarrassing themselves on national TV.  It was maddening to see how the judges made fun of some of the people trying to do their best and coming up short.  I don't think anyone who tries to achieve their dream should be made fun of.  With that said, I also believe that a lot of the "Idol" hopefuls should never have auditioned and probably wouldn't have, had they had a friend tell them the truth in love about their abilities.  Pers0nally, I have a number of friends who I have told before that before I attempt something that could possibly embarrass myself because of my lack of talent, that they should tell me before I do! 

Believe it or not, my ramblings about American Idol tryouts do relate to the continuation of our saga in 2 Kings 5.   Remember from my last post, Naaman was all in a huff because Elisha's method of a cure for his leprosy didn't seem good enough for Naaman.   Enter Naaman's servants.  Thank goodness for them, or Naaman might have ended his life a leper.  His servants, seeing Naaman all "in a rage" set Naaman straight as shown in 2 Kings 5:13-14 above.  Naaman listened to them, calmed down, did as the prophet said and was healed.  End of story. 

So what can we personally learn from this passage?

1) Never underestimate the value of a trusted friend.  Wise, godly friends are priceless.  Yes, we need to ask God for guidance before we ask any person, but we must also consult our wise, godly, praying friends with decision making.  The bible says in Proverbs 11:14 that

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Can you think of a time when a friend last gave you some good advice?  Did you take it?

2) Friends don't let friends embarrass themselves on national television.  Okay.  I apparently need to get my recent "Idol" experience of of my mind.  Somebody tell somebody the truth in love....please!  Our duty as a friend is sometimes a difficult one, especially if our friend is doing something wrong.  Is there someone in your life today that needs a friend's wise counsel?  Are you that friend?