MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.
So Naaman told the king what the young girl from Israel had said. 2 Kings 5: 4 NLT.
We know that Naaman was a Syrian army general, high in his king’s esteem. We know that he had scored a victory over the Israelite army and brought home his capture. His career identity had been established, although it was powerless to heal him of his leprosy. (The entire story is in 2 Kings 5: 1-14).
We do not know her name or age. All we know is that she was one of Naaman's capture and that she became a maid to Naaman’s wife. Yet, even as we wonder about her identity, we cannot miss her pervading influence over those with outstanding identity.
It started with something she said: that God’s prophet [Elijah] in Samaria could heal leprosy. She mentioned it to her mistress, who shared it with her husband, who informed the king, who acted on it. The king sent Naaman to Elijah, and God healed his leprosy. The girl’s proposal proved effective and gained national significance. Her influence became her identity.
How different her story could have been if she had surrendered to self-pity, or defiance toward those who captured her. She did not allow her plight to rob her of her spiritual conviction, or of the opportunity to share her faith. She may have been too naïve to understand personal significance, but she was not too young to show concern—a trait of individuals with great influence.
Her faith is a shining example, especially to Christian believers. We learn from her:
- To know who we are, regardless of who doesn’t;
- To share our faith boldly, no matter our age;
- To maintain control of our situation, and not let our situation control us;
- That what we do for others is credited as something we do for God;
- That we may influence many who never hear our names.
Let’s not feel devalued because of our lack of identity. Let's use our influence, especially in adverse circumstances, to establish God’s identity as Sovereign Lord.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You that our identity in You is secure. Please help us show it by the lives we live, as we seek to influence others. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Ten Quotes Demonstrating Influence
- “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy."
―Francis of Assisi
- “There is no one who is insignificant in the purpose of God." ―Alistair Begg
- “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ―John Bunyan
- "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose." ―Jim Elliot
- “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” ―Jana Stanfield
- "You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read." ―John MacArthur
- "There is nothing that makes us love someone so much as praying for them."
- "No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, pure, and good without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness." —Phillips Brooks
- "We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone." ―Marianne Williamson
- "I Choose Kindness... I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind for that is how God has treated me." ―Max Lucado
More Sundown Devotionals
- Sundown Devotional: Going Home Ready and Glad
Do we long for our heavenly home? Why then do we frighten each other with so many WhatsApp texts highlighting distress and disasters? Why not send messages confirming our joy and inviting others to get ready?
- Sundown Devotional: Searching Takes Time
One quick search will not yield all we need or all we can get to improve our lives. It takes time. Is the intensity of our desire to find reflected in the intensity of our search?
© 2014 Dora Weithers