God used an Israelite slave girl to get Naaman, the commander of the army of Aram, to Elisha, the prophet of God in Israel. When Naaman arrives at Elisha's doorstep, the prophet sends his servant out to tell the commander what to do. The instructions were simple: dip in the Jordan River seven times and be healed. Naaman's pride reared its ugly head, and the soldier almost walked away from his one and only chance for healing. Finally, some of his entourage challenged him, and he decided to obey the Lord. Can you imagine dipping in water seven times and then coming up healed of a terminal disease? It was a beautiful sight, and Elisha gave God all the credit. Naaman's pride almost pushed him to walk away. His life would have been completely different from that point on as he began to lose extremities to the disease. The Bible tells us the dangers and pitfalls of pride, but we rarely take heed. Our pride causes us to assume we know what is best, just like Naaman did. How many blessings have we missed out on because of our pride? James reminds us to "humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up." Naaman would say "amen," will you?

Help me, Lord, to put away the pride that so easily rules my life. Help me to see Your incredible blessings as I humble myself before You.