2Kings 5:1-19, “2 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. 3 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.”
Though the Syrians were idolaters, and oppressed God’s people, yet the deliverance of which Naaman had been the means, is here ascribed to the Lord. Whether Naaman knew it was God who had given Him victory and not his own ability is not told to us, he’s healing was going to happen through channels he would least expect but would serve God’s purpose, making His name great.There are four things that made this man great, vs. 1 “ Now Naaman, (1) commander of the army of the king of Syria, (2) was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, (3) because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. (4) He was also a mighty man of valor…” Naaman was honorable; not only acceptable to the king, and loaded with honors by him, but greatly respected by all ranks and degrees among the people. What a resume going for him but with one huge obstacle, he was a leper.
No man’s greatness, or honor, can place him out of the reach of the sorest calamities of human life. Every man has some or other, something that blemishes and diminishes him, some allay to his grandeur, some damp to his joy. Some may lead them to drug house, suicide, depression etc.
In as much as God had given him victory in the field through other means that made him great, what God was going to do in his life would take a different means. God was going to use the least likely, rejected, despised, written off little maid, girl they captured and brought in as a slave to tend to his wife.
This little maid, though only a slave girl would give an account of the famous prophet the Israelites had among them. Children should be taught early about the wondrous works of God, that, wherever they go, they may talk of them for His glory. As she became a good servant, she desired the health and welfare of her master. Though held captive, she said, vs. 3, “…“If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” Servants may be a blessing to the families where they are, by telling what they know of the glory of God, and the honor of his prophets. God was destined to make His name great by beginning to use a little girl though a slave who had to be listened to. She was God’s chosen vessel for a mission to make His name great whether she understood it or not. Naaman did not despise what she said. Desperate people do desperate things, they will stoop low if they have to, humble themselves, do anything to make that desperation go away. He did not even say, “What do you know you slave girl?”, or wondered how it will sound when he narrates to his master that he listened to a little girl. His wife headed to her words, so was Naaman and so was Naaman’s master.
Do not write off the prayers of your little children, or despise someone as to whether God can use them. God is more than able to use anything He wants for His names’ glory. I know I keep using this phrase “Making God’s name great”, that is what it is about. God is in the business of making His name great and if you look carefully, you notice unexpected He uses that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us, (2Corinthians 4:7). And they that seek the blessings which the Lord sends in answer to the prayers of His faithful people. They will find nothing can be heard, except they come as beggars for a free gift, not as lords to demand a blessing. Don’t write off the slave girl, Thank God for her, she is God sent. To continue, blessings Ev