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Instruments of God

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday of the Third Week of Lent

“Naaman, the army commander of the king of Aram, was highly esteemed and respected by his master, for through him the LORD had brought victory to Aram. But valiant as he was, the man was a leper. Now the Arameans had captured in a raid on the land of Israel a little girl, who became the servant of Naaman’s wife. ‘If only my master would present himself to the prophet in Samaria,’ she said to her mistress, ‘he would cure him of his leprosy.’ Naaman went and told his lord just what the slave girl from the land of Israel had said. So Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.” (2 Kings 5: 1-4, 14)

This story has many facets to it, but the part that stands out the most to me is the little slave girl. The Aramean army had attacked Israel and took the girl as a slave for the wife of the army commander, Naaman. She said that Naaman would be cured of his leprosy if he would go to Elisha, God’s prophet from Israel. Naaman's leprosy was cured by Elisha, and he proclaimed his faith in God. This slave girl’s brief words would cause healing and faith in God. A lowly slave bringing faith to a powerful army commander! Do you think that it was an accident that she was there? No matter how lowly she may have appeared, God put her there and used her for the huge purpose of showing her faith and witnessing to Naaman.

Where has God put you? God will always equip those that He calls to do the work of spreading His Word. You never know where God will put you. You never know who will be listening. You never know who you might hear your faith and believe.

Dear Lord,

we praise You.

We pray that our faith will grow and that we will show others your goodness and mercy.

Thank You for Your grace and love. Amen.

Linda Linge
RN, Avera Dells Area Hospital

2 KINGS 5:1-15AB • PSALM 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4 • LUKE 4:24-30

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