2 Kings 5:1–7
The king of Aram had great admiration for Naaman, the commander of his army, because through him the Lord had given Aram great victories. But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy. At this time Aramean raiders had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a young girl who had been given to Naaman’s wife as a maid. One day the girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy.” So Naaman told the king what the young girl from Israel had said. “Go and visit the prophet,” the king of Aram told him. “I will send a letter of introduction for you to take to the king of Israel.” So Naaman started out, carrying as gifts 750 pounds of silver, 150 pounds of gold, and ten sets of clothing. The letter to the king of Israel said: “With this letter I present my servant Naaman. I want you to heal him of his leprosy.” When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes in dismay and said, “Am I God, that I can give life and take it away? Why is this man asking me to heal someone with leprosy? I can see that he’s just trying to pick a fight with me.”
Devotion by Chris Shiver
There are a lot of different interesting faith (or lack of) perspectives in this passage involving the different persons. The most interesting to me is the un-named young girl who despite having been enslaved by Naaman dares to provide advice to her master on how he can be healed, and if you read the story further it actually does result in his healing. This is in spite of the lack of faith shown by the two kings who almost go to war over a misleading letter. If we read the story further Namaan also is shown to be rather faithless. What does this mean? To me it again shows and proves that God frequently works most powerfully through those who are weak and considered of little worth by the world’s standards because they have so little to work with except for their willingness to believe that God will provide.
Jesus, I pray that despite the many material blessings and advantages that I have been provided, that my only real regard will be for those things that come from God – faith, hope & love. Amen.