The Faith of a Child

Children believe without hesitation that God can do anything. They believe He can heal. He can save. He can help them. They aren’t clouded by a lot of doubt.

The story of Naaman in II Kings 5 would never have happened without the faith of a little girl. A girl who had been captured and forced into slavery but wasn’t bitter. When she heard about her boss’s leprosy, she said, “If only he could go the prophet in Samaria, he could be cured.” Naaman was desperate and then gets the proper documentation and gifts and sets out to see Elisha. Now Naaman had only doubting faith. He set out to find the prophet, but it was not that Elisha’s God could heal him, it was could he buy his healing. He arrives and Elisha sends out a message, “Go and wash seven times in the Jordan River and you will be cured.” Naaman is insulted. Elisha didn’t even come out and pray for him, he just sent out this crazy option. His servants convince him to try it, after all what could it hurt? He dips himself seven times and is healed. Naaman said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel.”

God wants us to come to the same point that Naaman did-it is not up to me. I can’t believe hard enough. I can’t pray hard enough. I don’t have enough money. It is recognizing that it is only God who can help us. Have the faith of the little girl who lived in Naaman’s home who believed that God could work a miracle.

Author: Karen Epp

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