A Young Servant

Ericka Loynes

Read: 2 Kings 5:1-14

“Would that my lord were with the prophet . . . ” (v. 3)

In 2003, my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His doctor recommended aggressive treatment. I was hoping God would instantly remove the cancer. I knew he could. Growing up in church, I heard numerous members testify about God’s miraculous healing power. Though a supernatural healing was not part of my dad’s story, God used the treatments to destroy the cancer. My dad lived five more years, and those were the healthiest years of his adult life.

When a little servant girl hears of Naaman’s leprosy, she boldly states that God can heal the leprosy if Namaan finds Elisha the prophet. How amazing it is that Namaan, a bold warrior, took immediate action based on the words of this little girl. Naaman finds Elisha and receives the instructions for healing, but instead of focusing on what Elisha told him to do, Naaman is fixated on the less-than-spectacular method. Challenged by those who accompanied him, Naaman finally follows Elisha’s exact instructions and is healed.

God’s ways are unlike our ways, and his thoughts are unlike our thoughts (Isa. 55:9). Our finite understanding cannot comprehend how God chooses certain people or why he selects particular processes to accomplish his work in the world. We can trust God. He does not make empty promises (Isa. 55:11). And we should be on the lookout for him to use anything and anyone to communicate his direction to us. —Ericka Loynes

As you pray, ask God to help you follow his Word.