29th February: Courage from faith and faith from courage

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It sometimes happens that something good comes out of evil.

The Hebrew servant-girl taken to Aram may have seen only suffering in her situation, but she, like the Good Samaritan in Jesus’ parable, was in the right place at the right time to help someone in great need.  She had the courage to tell Naaman about the prophet in Samaria.  In doing so, she showed compassion for someone who could have been her enemy.  Her simple, confident faith encouraged Naaman to make the journey to Palestine in hope of a cure for his leprosy.

In those times, kings were thought to be representatives of gods, so he went to the king.  When the mistake was sorted out, he was given a message from the prophet, Elisha, to bathe seven times in the Jordan.  Naaman was irate; having expected a spectacular ceremony of the type he was used to, but his companions persuaded him to obey the instructions.

Sometimes it happens that we just have to trust and do what God asks of us, even though we don’t know the reason. Naaman’s act of blind obedience led to his cure.

Like the Centurion at the foot of the Cross, this pagan was then moved by his personal experience of God to make a confession of faith.



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