Naaman. Commander of the Syrian armies. Covered in leprosy.
A young girl. Unnamed in the Bible. Taken captive from Israel. Given as a servant to Naaman's wife.
A young girl, who could have been bitter, could have been angry. Could have rejoiced at the suffering of her master and his wife. Could have thought: It serves him right! I'm glad he has leprosy! I hope he dies with it!
Yet she didn't. She saw her master's suffering and offered compassion.
Compassion. Not anger. Not pity. Compassion.
For compassion sees suffering and offers the solution.
The solution for Naaman? God. Through the prophet Elisha.
The solution for the people around you? God. Through you!
You carry the solution. You carry the answer. To hurt. To bitterness. To sickness and disease.
It's God. Through you.
You. Not someone else. Not the person next to you or the person in front of you. You.
For you have been chosen. You have been called. You have been equipped. Y
ou have been sent.
So go be who you are. The God-carrying, Holy Spirit-carrying, solution-carrying child of the King!
For more on the story of Naaman, see 2 Kings 5.
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Matthew 10:8 NIV
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14,16 NIV
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right. Using Scriptures, the person who serves God will be capable, having all that is needed to do every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NCV