A Missionary translator was endeavoring to find a word for obedience in the native language in which he worked. It was a virtue seldom practiced among the people for whom it he wanted to translate the New Testament. One day as he returned home, he whistled for his dog and it came running to him. An old native said, admiringly, “Your dog is all ears.” Immediately, he knew he had his word for obedience.
Naaman was not “all ears” to the words of the prophet Elisha. He made five mistakes that any one can make.
1. He went to the wrong person. He thought the king had the power to cure his leprosy, but he did not.
2. He wanted to be saved his he own way. “I thought” were his words.
3. He was prejudiced. He felt the rivers of Damascus were better than the muddy Jordan.
4. He stumbled at the simplicity of the command. But finally, Naaman obeyed!
Are you “all ears” when it comes to the word of God?
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