DCLM Higher Everyday 23 July 2022 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Connecting men for cure
TOPIC: CONNECTING MEN FOR CURE
TEXT: 2 KINGS 5:1-14
1Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
2And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.
3And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
4And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.
5And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.
6And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.
7And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.
8And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.
9So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
10And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
11But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
12Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
13And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
14Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
MEMORY VERSE: “And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! For he would recover him of his leprosy” (2 KINGS 5:3).
The deadly Covid 19 pandemic that broke out in Wuhan, China, in 2019 has continued to spread around the world. It has killed over 1 million people and infected millions more. The infected are being connected with designated health facilities for healing.
The above scenario seems to capture the significance of what the young girl did for the Army General of Syria. Though Naaman was famous, powerful, wealthy and influential, he had a “but” in his life. He was a leper. He needed a complete cure from leprosy, a shameful disease that had defied all solutions.
Thank God for a little maid in his house. The young girl provided the good news about Prophet Elisha, for his cure. Naaman went to Israel and got cured. What if the little girl had kept mute!
Sinners need to be connected to Jesus to get cured of their leprosy of sin. You can invite the sick to your fellowship. The saints will pray in the mighty name of Jesus, and they will be healed. Beloved youth, connect sinners in your school to Jesus.
QUOTE: Connect sinners in your school to Jesus.
CHALLENGE: Sinners need cure from the leprosy of sin.
PRAYER: O Lord, help me to bring sinners to you.