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1st September 2023

Updated: Sep 1, 2023


Naaman was also a mighty man of valour, but a leper.

2 Kings 5:1

As ancient Syria’s mightiest military commander, General Naaman had all the benefits the empire could offer: influence, affluence, and power. All, that is, except for health! Naaman was a leper (2 Kings 5:1-3).

In contrast, the servant girl in the general’s household had no options or power at all. As a captive from an army raid, she had been forced into a lifetime of slavery (v 2). But she did not permit herself to be overcome by despair, bitterness or ill will. Rather, she rose above her no-option estate to serve wholeheartedly the best interests of her master.

This servant girl did not see her master’s leprosy as God’s punishment, but as an opportunity to point Naaman to God’s prophet in Samaria (v 3). Her recommendation led to Naaman’s complete healing. He declared, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel” (v15).

Today, many people have abundant options. Others, however, have their choices curtailed by poverty, poor health, or other adverse circumstances. When a crisis comes, even their limited options evaporate.

Yet, one choice always remains. Like Naaman’s servant girl, we can still choose to serve God and point others to Him, regardless of our limited circumstances.

Bible Reading


My God and Father, Unlike man, You are not limited. The things that are not possible with man, are possible for You. Thank You, that you have made redemption possible, and that through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.



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