Naaman was a powerful, rich, successful man nevertheless he had a problem; he was a leper. In the English dictionary, leprosy is defined as a contagious disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes and nerves, causing discolouration and lumps on the skin. In severe cases, deformities and disfigurements may occur.In spite of this kind of ailment, Naaman was the commander of the army of the king of Syria and God gave victory to Syria because of him.
One may wonder how a man with such a disease can be put in charge of an army. The truth is, Naaman accepted the fact that he was inflicted with leprosy but he never allowed that to hinder him from being prodigious. He is described in 2 Kings 5 as a great man, highly favoured and a mighty man of valour. He did all he could to serve his master faithfully; he did not allow his condition to affect his service to the king.
Your weakness does not define you. Despite your failings and flaws, God can still use you for His glory. What weakness do you have? What imperfections stare back at you when you look in the mirror? Perhaps you are letting it prevent you from serving God faithfully or from accomplishing your purpose and ambitions.
What we tend to do is put our dreams, ambitions and service to God on hold, all in the name of working on our weaknesses. Your imperfection does not justify the halting of your ambitions and goals. Don’t allow your flaws to stop you from rendering service to God. After all, He even has the power to help you. Contrary to what we often find ourselves doing, Naaman’s ailment brought him closer to God. The leprosy drove him to seek the prophet Elisha and through him, Naaman experienced God’s power. God can use your weaknesses and imperfections to draw you closer to Himself- if you open your heart and mind to that possibility.
Bravely decide that you’re going to pursue your goals and serve God faithfully no matter how weak you might feel and regardless of your flaws. And as you take that step, rely on God to empower you to do and even become the impossible!
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 gives us the perfect illustration… But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.