The Fine Art of Failure: Week 1 - Day 5

Opening Prayer:

Lord Jesus, help me recognize how Your Word and will are always best for me.


Read: 2 Kings 5:13-14 NIV

Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.



Naaman was the commanding General of the Syrian Army and was very important.  He was a mighty man of valor, but he was also a leper. A captured Israeli slave girl told his wife about Elisha the Israelite prophet who could heal him.  He went to Elisha for healing, but the prophet only sent a messenger out to talk with him and didn’t come himself.  Naaman was offended that:

 #1 the prophet did not come out to meet him (Naaman had a pride problem), and

#2 he told Naaman to dip himself in the dirty Jordon seven times. 

The Scripture fills out the rest of the story when the general humbled himself, listened to the servant, and dipped himself in the Jordon seven times.  He was healed once He listened to God’s messenger.

So often I have missed God’s blessing by trying to do things my way.  Several years ago I applied for a job and I KNEW it was mine.  God had a different idea and I did not get it.  I was crushed because I felt I deserved the job and for several weeks I had the wind knocked out of my sails.  A year later I applied for and got a better job in a neighboring community.  It turned out to be a perfect fit for me.  God’s plan and timing were much better than mine!  I found out the first community had situations that would have interfered with my success and my former job needed me to tie up some loose ends before I moved on.

If we wait on God, we will find His plan and timing are the best for us.  If we accept God’s plan and instructions life is ultimately so much better.



Examine yourself this week.  Are you running ahead of God or maybe hiding your head in the sand and not even listening to Him?  Stop, read the Word, and listen for God’s guidance before beginning a new project or endeavor.  If you wait long enough the answer will come through loud and clear.  Often it may be “no” but that’s okay because He DOES know best.


 Closing Prayer:

Lord Jesus, help me mature beyond thinking “I can do it myself.”  Help me to search, submit and obey Your commands and instructions as revealed in Your Word.


Terry Schneider