Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14) was the commander of the Army of Syria. He was a man of valour, and his prowess in battle was awesome, but he was suffering from leprosy, a terrible medical condition for which he sought help from the best physicians in his time, all to no avail. No doubt, he needed divine intervention, which ultimately came via Prophet Elisha at the prompting of an Israelite aid of his wife. And from that day on, his destiny changed; and he became clean, free, and happy once more.
Leprosy is a contagious, life altering, career terminating, and stigmatizing chronic disease. It abnormally lightens the skin of those it affects, and destroys their fingers, toes, noses and nerves etc. as well. On the whole, it disfigures and disables them.
Those that suffer from leprosy are called lepers. They are usually snubbed by the members of the larger society, who regularly calls them all kinds of unprintable and derogatory names. And due to the way the society treats them, they usually live all by themselves in isolated colonies far away from all and sundry. And they find it extremely hard to engage in meaningful economic activities because of the limitations imposed on them by their condition. That’s why they are predominantly very poor, and depend on the benevolence of people for their survival. To cut a long story short, theirs is typically a difficult, isolated, poor, shameful, and sad existence.
Figuratively speaking, ‘leprous situations’ do occur in people’s lives too. And most of them are caused by sins, and they usually result in intense hardship, societal isolation, shame, and sorrow. Examples of leprous situations include, one’s past dark past, membership of evil society, and hideous personal and family history. Negative effects of curses and covenants, barrenness of all kinds, poverty, strange/stubborn ailments, etc. are also regularly implicated. If any of these is affecting you at the moment, then you need divine assistance, which I am happy to say are freely available through Jesus Christ.
Friend, perhaps your current ‘leprous situation’ was caused by your past sins; please don’t beat yourself to death anymore, because God is willing to discuss them with you, and save you from them. In Isaiah 1:18 He said: ‘’Come now and let us reason together, Though your sins are like scarlet. They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’’.
Jesus is also willing to set you free from your situation, and He made this very clear in Matthew 11:28 as follows: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.. Friend, commit our situation into God’s able hands through Jesus Christ today; He will accept you as you are (John 6:37), and set you free (John 8:36). Please do not miss this unique opportunity; ‘Kick Leprosy Out’ of your life once and for all and your life shall never be the same in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
(c) Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2005