Desperate: Hope – This Way

“Now bands from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, ‘If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.’ ” (2 Kings 5:2-3)

We don’t hear much from this “young girl” after this paragraph, but in a lot of ways she’s the real hero of Naaman’s story. In contrast to Naaman’s life, hers sucked.

dive_350He was a military hero, a self-made man, a genuine success story. Her nation had been conquered. Her family may very well have been killed by the raiding party mentioned here. She had been made a slave, hauled off to Aram to serve Naaman’s wife with very little hope of ever going back home.

Instead of speaking up about a prophet in Samaria who could heal Naaman, she could have kept that news to herself. She could have prayed for his death. Instead, she selflessly made a choice to point her dying “enemy” to the source of hope and life — the prophet of the God of her people.

Think: Do you need to let go of any resentment or anger to make yourself more available to point hurting people to our God of hope through Jesus?

Pray: Ask God to use your whole life as a giant arrow pointing to Jesus.

Do: Make yourself a giant arrow costume to wear to school or work this week. (Okay, don’t do that. That’s just silly.)