When we’re faced with tough situations in life, like an illness, it’s easy to question God or turn to anyone but Him for help. But at the end of the day, we have to realize, like Naaman, that God is our Healer and He is the one true God. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Long ago, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him.” – Hebrews 1:1-2
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is God healed Naaman’s disease.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 2 Kings 5. This story can be found on page 100 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
When Elisha was a prophet in Israel, the Israelites were attacked by people from the land of Aram. The enemy army took things from the cities. They even took people from Israel to be servants in Aram. Naaman was the commander of the army in Aram. He was good at his job, but Naaman was sick. He had leprosy, a serious skin disease.
One of the Israelites who was captured to be a servant was a little girl. She served Naaman’s wife. The servant girl saw that Naaman was sick, and she wanted him to be healed.
“A prophet in Samaria could heal Naaman,” she told Naaman’s wife. Naaman heard what the little girl said, and he went to talk to the king of Aram. The king agreed to send Naaman to Israel, and he gave him a letter for the king of Israel. The letter read, “I have sent you my servant Naaman for you to cure him of his skin disease.”
When the king of Israel read the letter, he was upset. “Am I God? Do I have the power to give life and take it away? Why does this man think I can cure a skin disease?” The king of Israel could not heal Naaman. The power to heal comes only from God.
Elisha the prophet heard the king was upset, and he called Naaman to his house. But Elisha didn’t come to the door. Instead, a messenger told Naaman, “Go wash seven times in the Jordan River.”
Naaman was angry. He had hoped Elisha would call on the name of the Lord, wave his hand over Naaman’s skin, and heal him.
Naaman started to leave, but his servants encouraged him to do what Elisha said. So Naaman dipped himself in the river seven times. Then Naaman’s skin was healed!
Naaman and all the people with him went to Elisha. Naaman said, “I know that the God of Israel is the one true God.”
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What kind of problem did Naaman have? (a problem with his skin)
- Why did the king of Israel say he could not make Naaman well? (only God can make sick people well)
- Did Naaman want to do what Elisha said? (no, he was angry)
- What happened when Naaman obeyed Elisha’s instructions? (God healed Naaman)
- What did Naaman learn about God? (He is the one true God)
- What was Naaman’s job? (commander in the army from Aram)
- What was wrong with Naaman? (he had leprosy)
- Where did his servant girl come from? (Israel)
- Why didn’t the king of Israel cure Naaman? (he couldn’t – only God can heal)
- How many times was Naaman instructed to wash in the Jordan River? (seven times)
- Who convinced Naaman to obey? (Naaman’s servants convinced him to at least try washing in the Jordan River)
- Whom did Naaman plan to worship after being healed? (the one true God)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
Naaman was sick. He had a problem with his skin. When Naaman washed in the river, his skin got better. We are all sick with a sin problem. No one can obey God all the time. When we trust in Jesus, He heals us. God forgives us and makes us all well.
Naaman was sick with a skin problem. His disease went away when he trusted God’s instruction from Elisha and washed in the river. All people have a sin problem that leads to death. We all need a Healer. When we trust Jesus as Lord and Savior, God forgives our sin and heals us.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, thank God that He healed Naaman and that He has the power to heal us. Ask God to help us remember that He uses sickness to bring glory to Himself and to help us learn to trust Him more. If you know someone in your life who is sick, pray for them specifically and ask God to heal them according to His will.