Women of the Bible

Naaman’s Maidservant — Pt. 3


    1 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.”
    4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”
    5 Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 2 Kings 5.1-5 NKJ

We have discussed previously this young maidservant’s heart of love for God and therefore for her new master. Her love will release wonders in her master’s life.

In verse 4 of our text we see that Naaman, upon being told the words of the “girl from Israel”, went to his own master, the king of Syria. Bear in mind that this great king is a ruler over a victorious nation; Naaman is his mighty military commander. In our story we find this man of important stature bearing the words of a young captive girl and bringing them to his master — her words are reaching the ears of the king of Syria, a powerful and successful ruler. Surely she had no idea that her simple words of hope and faith and love, spoken to her mistress, could spark such a certitude in her master. Neither did she expect that they would find their way into the king’s court!

Likewise, we do not know where our words of hope and faith and love will travel and lodge, what confidence they may inspire, what dreams they may foster. Like small seeds planted deep in the earth, such words may seem to remain silent and unchanging, unseen and unnoticed. But in due season they break forth from their hiding place, revealing the life invested within them through the grace of God. Life-giving words. In time a harvest of good fruit is produced — healing, deliverance, a life changed by His hand. God-sized fruit.

Naaman carried her simple words of faith to his master, the king. Why? What possessed him to place any confidence whatsoever in her suggestion? This girl is not only young but she is from Israel, a broken nation, a despised people. Naaman could have mocked her, laughing off the thought that someone like her could offer him help when the best Syria had to offer had been unable to heal him. How could a nation such as Israel possibly have an answer?

But no, that was not his response. She had earned credibility in his eyes. How? Through faithful, sincere service she had gained a measure of trust. She had been genuine in her display of love, consistent in her representation God. And now these deeds had presented an open door. God used this avenue to allow the seeds of faith contained in her simple declaration to her mistress to find a place of germination and bring forth fruit.

We oftentimes want to share our important words without acts of love. But it is not uncommon to learn that those very acts will pave the way, open the door, present an opportunity for the hearer to trust and receive. Such deeds are bridge builders. Do not belittle your good works or consider opportunities to serve as unimportant — they are vital tools used by God to convey His love and break up fallow ground, making hearts ready to receive your words of truth.

This is a task within reach of everyone of us. We can display love today. We can earn a place of trust from those within our sphere of influence. Then as we share words of faith they can take root and bring forth fruit. God-sized fruit.

How grateful I am for Naaman’s Maidservant and her lessons for my life.

Discussion

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  1. God dropped the word ‘maidservant’ into my head this week and tonight I’ve just typed it into google with the word bible next to it. I have been very blessed to come across your teaching (parts 1-3) and I urge everyone to listen to what God pops into your head, please don’t dismiss it else you might miss something important that He wants to teach you. I love God as my Teacher and He never fails to surprise me. Tonight is just another big hug from God and a big lesson in humility from this young maidservant. I can see why I needed to read it, you’ve given me plenty to think about and encouraged me a lot. Thank you and bless you and your family.

    Posted by Diane | March 28, 2009, 2:13 pm