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Jordan or Yahweh?

Read: 2 Kings 5:1-15

Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel. (v. 15)

When I began my ministry work, my salary was very low. My wife, Asangla, and I decided that she would continue her work as a doctor to supplement our family’s needs. Then came one challenge after another. First, I was assigned to a new area, so Asangla had to resign her position (and give up her salary). Then tragedy struck when Asangla suddenly became blind, and we were told that she likely had a brain tumor. We retreated home to pray for God’s mercy. After an MRI, doctors concluded that Asangla did not have a tumor, and she regained her sight. We joyfully accepted this miracle, but then had to face overwhelming medical bills. Again, we wondered what to do, but again, God provided. We received money from an unexpected source, enough to pay the medical bill and help us as we moved. We could testify: “My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:2), and we moved to the new assignment with confidence.

In today’s reading, the army general Naaman ends with a wonderful recognition. Naaman understood that the source of healing was neither the prophet Elijah, nor the river Jordan, but Yahweh. He dedicated his life to serve no other gods, but Yahweh alone. It’s good to get help from others, but eventually, it’s the Lord whom we should look up to and serve with absolute loyalty. —Dr. A.K. Lama

As you pray, ask God to help you anchor your hope in him.

About the Author

Dr. A.K. Lama

Dr. A.K. Lama serves as Words of Hope’s Director for Ministry to South Asia. Dr. Lama is fluent in six languages, and holds a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. Dr. Lama is married to Dr. Asangla Ao. Together they have two daughters and one son.

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Be Still and Know