Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. Now the Syrians on one of their raids had carried off a little girl from the land of Israel, and she worked in the service of Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” So Naaman went in and told his lord, “Thus and so spoke the girl from the land of Israel.” And the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” II Kings 5:1-5a ESV
And the blind and the lame came to [Jesus] in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them,“Yes; have you never read,
“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise’?” Matthew 21:14-16 ESV
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756. He was a musician and a composer, and many people consider him to be one of the greatest of all time. Even as a small child his talent was amazing. He started composing music when he was five years old! His father Leopold considered him a miracle sent from God, and took him and his sister Anna Maria to perform in imperial courts and for the nobility of Europe. God gave the world some beautiful music through Mozart.
Most children, and most people, are more ordinary than Mozart, but God also uses ordinary people in amazing ways, and even in difficult situations. The Syrian army often raided and did battle with the northern kingdom of Israel, and they sometimes took captives to be their slaves. On one of the raids they took a little girl away from her family. She became a slave in the house of Naaman, the commander of the kings army, and she worked for his wife. The Bible doesn’t tell us her name, but it does tell us that she didn’t forget the God of Israel. When she learned that her master was suffering from the disease of leprosy, she told her mistress that if he went to the prophet in Samaria, he would be healed. This simple message showed her faith in God and started Naaman on the road to being healed and to knowing and worshiping the true God.
Jesus said that even babies and little children can love and praise God, and that God loves and cares for them. God can do wonderful things through even humble people that the world doesn’t think very much of. This is because it is really God’s work, and not the efforts of the people he works through. He worked through Jesus to bring forgiveness and life to everyone who believes in him, and Jesus gives us his Holy Spirit to trust him to save us and to be with us and help us every day. When we have Jesus with us, God can work through us to love and help others, even if we are children, and even if we are very ordinary people.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for working through Jesus to save us. Please work through us to show your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.