Christian Devotional – July 25, 2020

Double Portion – #19

The servant loves her master. She was stolen from her people, but she has created a new life and she loves her new master. She loves this life so much that she wants to see him healed so she tells him about the prophet in Samaria. Read 2 Kings 5:1-7.

Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master, and highly respected, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper. Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy.” Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus spoke the girl who is from the land of Israel.” Then the king of Aram said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” He departed and took with him ten talents of silver and six thousand shekels of gold and ten changes of clothes. He brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, “And now as this letter comes to you, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may cure him of his leprosy.” When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man is sending word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? But consider now, and see how he is seeking a quarrel against me.”
2 Kings 5:1‭-‬7 NASB

The servant thought so much of her master that she wanted to see him healed. She had heard of Elisha and shared. Naaman took the info and went in search of this man.

She had no reason to want to see him healed, yet she did. She had no reason to give him advice, but she did. Naaman really had no reason to listen to a servant girl from his house, but he did.

God often moves through situations where there is no reason to be experiencing the situation in the first place. The longer I follow God, the more used to the unexpected I become. God never seems content to move through situations in a way that would be normal. Instead he chooses to do things in a way that only he could. Do we trust him to achieve his goals and accept that his path to get there may be very different from what we might expect? Listen to those around us and follow God, especially when we don’t know where we are going.

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