Day 27 of our 32 Day Challenge, we read in 2 Kings 5:1-15 about a young Israelite girl that lived out her faith by sharing to her captor the good works of the Lord.
‘”Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.” Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy. And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “ Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.” So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.” Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 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.’ Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”’
2 Kings 5:1-15 NKJV
The commander of the Syrian army, Naaman, captured a young Jewish girl during one of his raids. Naaman returned home with her to serve his wife. Naaman was well known for his abilities on the battlefield even though he was leper. Because of his suffering with leprosy, the young girl showed pity for Naaman and told his wife about the healing prophet in Samaria.
This slave girl’s love and kindness provides us with a beautiful example of faith. Even though she was plucked out of her homeland by Naaman, she still shared the healing powers of her Lord. She didn’t let her position of slave or her young age stop her from telling others about what the Lord can do. She didn’t let anger toward her captor overtake her from being a shining light for God.
With great courage and great love for others, she made Naaman’s wife aware of the prophet, Elisha and his ability to heal. Because of this young girls action, Naaman goes to Elisha and received the healing powers of God. ‘So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”’ 2 Kings 5:14-15. After Naaman was healed of leprosy, he turned from idolatry and committed to serving the one true God.
This example of faith shows us that whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, we can always tell others about the goodness of God. Let’s pray we have the same kind of courage and love that we see in this young Jewish slave girl.
Until next time