Mission Devotional - April 25, 2016

"Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria!
He would cure him of his leprosy."

Today's Devotional Reading

2 Kings 5:1-5
It's amazing how you can read a story in the Bible for years and then suddenly you see something you hadn't before. In 2 Kings 5 there is the healing of Naaman from leprosy by Elisha. We read the story and see Naaman's pride and anger over the prophet not seeing him as well as his reluctance to follow the instructions of his healing but I missed the true hero of the story, the unnamed servant girl.

The chapter opens with a description of Naaman as "a great man with his master and in high favor" as the "commander of the army of the king of Syria" and a "mighty man of valor" but it also tells us of his biggest problem, he had leprosy. At that time leprosy described a myriad of different skin diseases but most often with them ending in death. Therefore this very powerful and mighty man had a death sentence that he was powerless to do anything about. It is as this point that our hidden hero appears. We get a small bit of backstory on her finding out that she had been carried off from her land and her family during a Syrian raid and she was now forced to work for Naaman's wife. One can imagine her being scared, confused and angry over her circumstances and especially her captors, but instead we see something else for her entirely. Once learning about his condition, the little girl goes to her mistress with concern for him. She has but one powerful line in the whole story, "would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy." With that simple statement of faith, we see what missions is all about, desiring to bring healing and wholeness through the one true God to everyone we encounter.

As you go about your day and life, there will be many circumstances and situations that will arise that will seem unfair and frustrating. You may even at times questions the Lord's plan through it all. My prayer is that you will have the heart of this little unnamed girl and seek to proclaim the Lord and His power and favor over all those you encounter, especially those who have done you harm because He has called us to be His ambassadors wherever we go and whatever we do, and He has placed us specifically in our circumstances so that we might spread His Glorious Kingdom at all times and everywhere. - Andrew Keasling, CSPC Executive Pastor & Pastor to 30s

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Bill Harding is currently a special representative for SIM in North America. God is using Bill's gifts and rich experience in Ethiopia as a conference speaker to challenge and reaffirm the priority of world missions. Pray today for the Harding Bible School and the preparation of students for effective life and ministry in Ethiopia and beyond.

In community with the local church, World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually. World Relief is on the ground in South Sudan working with families internally displaced by the current violence. Pray today for their continued work with refugees.