But as one of them was chopping, his ax head fell into the river. “Ah, my lord!” he cried. “It was a borrowed ax!” – 2 Kings 6:5


The story of the lost ax head is so descriptive of the human condition. First, the ax head was not with its rightful master. In the same way, we once belonged to God, but Satan stole us in the Garden of Eden and made us his slaves.

Second, the ax head was in the wrong place. It should have been out doing its work, but instead it was on the bottom of the Jordan in an alien environment. When we were in sin, we were completely submerged in the wrong environment—dead to God and alienated from His life.

Finally, the ax head could not save itself. The ax head had no power to change its situation; thus, it was destined to remain stuck in the mud. Only when “Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water” (2 Kings 6:6) did the ax head supernaturally begin to rise from the bottom in a physical “resurrection.” What a picture of Jesus’ death and resurrection!

No amount of personal desire or willpower can lift us from the muddy quagmire of sin if we are stuck fast in it. Only Jesus can deliver us. We then belong to God, never to return to the bottom again!


One day the girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy.” – 2 Kings 5:3

Naaman’s young servant girl had no idea how important her little remark to his wife would be in bringing about her master’s deliverance from leprosy. God often uses the faith of others to start the cycle of healing and deliverance when a person is unable to start it for himself.

The four men who brought the paralytic to Christ and let him down through the roof were the direct agents of their friend’s healing (Mark 2:3). Perhaps you can “hold the rope” for some sick friend who has no knowledge of (or hope for) healing. Though this person may not realize the importance of believing God’s healing promises, you must remain convinced that God is the answer.

The little servant girl risked her life to confirm assuredly to Naaman’s wife that if her husband went to the prophet in Samaria, he would cure him of leprosy. This bold statement of faith started the cycle of Naaman’s deliverance and ended with his flesh becoming as clean as the flesh of a young boy.

In whose life could your faith make a difference today?

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