2Ki 5:1-19 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’”
Those that feel worthy and deserving are their own stumbling block. It is hard to bow if you are not humble. Pride goes before a fall and God resists the proud.
Naaman as a successful commander thought himself worthy of a prophet’s attention. He came with his game plan for his healing. What he failed to realize, he needed to come as a beggar for a free gift and not as lord to demand or purchase one. Elisha (“God is salvation”) was the type of Christ here with the free gift, but the seeker who could not even discover the healer without help must also come in Elisha/Jesus’ TERMS. The gospel is therefore not how worthy man is but how Jesus is and the only One. God does not need men, men need God. A sinner must therefore come broken and humble in need of a Savior for God gives grace to the humble.