“...Naaman .... was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper” (II Kings 5:1).
The Scripture praises Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army in many ways. "A good Commander, a great and honourable man in the eyes of his master, he had things in plenty, leading the Syrian army he brought numerous victories, he is a mighty man," to name a few. The verse at the top says that all these greatness were of no value as he was infected with leprosy, a dreaded disease. Indeed the great things were many but that one disadvantage made all his opulence into nothing.
Some people, when they visit the home of the bride to seek alliance will talk highly of their sons. They will talk highly of the son's education, the valuable properties he has acquired but in the end, they will slowly reveal that he was just visually challenged.
Some people, while speaking about some believers, they will shower their appreciations saying, "That believer is a golden person, he used to pray for two hours, he used to sing well, he will do ministry with all vigour, he will always stand steadfast supporting the pastor and so on. But in the end, they will say, "If he gets angry, he will become a devil."
Naaman realised that all his greatness were put to waste because of leprosy he had. Leprosy is a dreaded infectious disease. When a person is afflicted with this disease he or she will be made to reside separately away from home and will be ostracised.
The leprosy is compared to sin in the Scripture. A person may be highly educated, may be very rich and may be capable of performing rare feats, but if he remains a sinner, where will he spend the eternity? He will have to go to hell. Is it not?
When the young girl from Israel who was a servant maid in Naaman's home, came to know about Naaman's suffering from leprosy, proclaimed a Gospel which was a Good News. The Gospel was that there was a prophet in Israel and if Naaman went to him, he could be cured of the ailment.
Even today, Gospel is being proclaimed to people who shrivel in sins. 'There is one Jesus Christ who shed His blood on the Cross of Calvary for your sake and His blood cleanses leprosy which indicates sins' is that Gospel.
The problem of Naaman brought him to Israel. It guided him into the path of Salvation. Dear children of God, during many instances, problems make you seek God eagerly. The Psalmist says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes” (Psalms 119:71).
To meditate: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).