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  Naaman's Servant Girl  
 
 

Source of solution

2 Kings 5:1-14
1 Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
2 Now bands from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman's wife.
3 She said to her mistress, "If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy."
4 Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said.
5 "By all means, go," the king of Aram replied. "I will send a letter to the king of Israel." So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing.
6 The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: "With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy."
7 As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, "Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!"
8 When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: "Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel."
9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha's house.
10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, "Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed."
11 But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.
12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went off in a rage.
13 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'!"
14 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.


We know Naaman very well. He was the commander of king Aram's army. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded. Through him, the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier. But there was a problem. Naaman had leprosy.

A young girl from Israel was taken captive, and she served as Naaman's wife. There was something extraordinary about her. She believed in the God of the universe even after going through much pain and embarrassment. Whereas some stop believing in God when they face pain in their life, she became the source of solution for a huge problem.

We all face problems all the time. Sometimes, we alone are the source of those problems. Today, we are going to learn from this little girl, a slave girl, how to be a solution for the problems we face.

The little girl pleads with the mistress, "If only..." (2 Kings 5:3). She speaks not only with respect, but also with complete faith. This can only be done if she absolute believes in the Lord Almighty the God of Israel.

Now we know that Naaman believed in the God of Israel. In fact, 2 Kings 5:1 says that the Lord (Jehovah) had given victory to Aram the King, through Naaman who was a Syrian.

There is a possibility that this little girl would have been talking incessantly about "the Jehovah" to Naaman and his wife. This doesn't look like the first time, the little girl talked about the prophet in Samaria. After much persuasion though, her master listened to her.

Notice how the little girl says 'my master,' showing her loving care for Naaman.

History says that Naaman was the one who drew the bow and killed King Ahab, the King of Israel at war (2 Kings 22:30). With Israel being an enemy nation, Naaman had to be bold. First, he had to ask the King of Syria and then go face the enemy king, Jehoram. And he did it! Why? That is the power of our God through our unsung hero, the little girl.

Our God is the solution to all of our problems, no matter how big it is. Do we believe this?

The little girl believed in the extraordinary. She, being a slave, persuaded her master to do something that he would not even imagine to do - approach a rival king for help.

We are surrounded by people who do not believe in Jesus or His power. We see them go through major crises in their lives. Do we ignore them or feel helpless? Or can we do what this little girl did - persuade them to "TRY JESUS".

We know that Naaman faced the rival king's abuse then got disappointed by Elisha's way of healing. Yet when he listened to his soldiers, he was healed. Naaman "tried" the God of Israel and was victorious.

This victory cannot be made complete if we don't talk about the little girl who worked in Naaman's life behind the scenes.

Application:
- Let us first believe that we worship a God who can solve any kind of problem upon asking.
- Let us persuade our non-believing colleagues to TRY JESUS. We might end up being the unsung hero in their life.