Summary: As we give God even our weaknesses we find a new depth to God's love for us and we also discover that God can use those weaknesses for God's glory
What is your Achilles’ Heel? Achilles warrior in ancient mythology
Believed to be invincible in battle
Except for one weakness in his heel, touch it Achilles helpless
What are your weaknesses? What is your Achilles’ heel?
Weaknesses or vulnerabilities that hold us back
May be a nagging physical illness,
All insecure at some level about our looks
Maybe you are aggravated by emotional pain you carry
Just can’t get rid of it, broken r-ship, or abuse, or some guilt
Maybe it’s a memory you have some baggage that suffocates you
Want to talk to you today about a great General
And how God dealt with his Achilles heel
His name is Naaman listen to how he is described
Naaman was commander of the army..a great man…highly
regarded…through him the Lord had given victory..
valient soldier…BUT HE HAD LEPROSY. Vs 1 TNIV
He was the equivalent of a 5 star general successful feared warrior
He had everything. He was at the height of his career.
BUT he had Leprosy We all have those buts in life don’t we
Call them Achilles heel, weakness, Jay is great BUT
Leprosy was an infectious skin disease
lepers had to live in colonies, banned, away from everyone
Naaman’s leprosy meant his days as general were soon to be over.
Like Naaman had AIDS or flesh eating virus threatened his position
He had been to all the medical experts but to no avail
Everyone knew about his little problem
Just like we feel everyone knows about our weakness or failures
Apostle Paul in NT said he was given a thorn in flesh
He said something to keep him from being conceited weakness
We wish and pray for miraculous removal of our weaknesses
Sometimes god doesn’t take them away but works through them
1. God may ask YOU TO DO THINGS THAT SEEM BENEATH YOU
Remember Naaman is 1 of most successful military minds in world
He is used to being in control and in charge
God sometimes works in our lives through things seem beneath us
Naaman was probably feeling as low as he could feel.
It seemed like there was no hope. His body had betrayed him,
the whole world had let him down. He was all alone.
Notice who helps Naaman; A JEWISH SLAVE GIRL
The only reason she was in Aram she was a spoil of war
She had no standing she was a mere servant in Naaman’s house
She is the hero in the story says I can help Naaman
“Go see prophet in Israel name is Elisha - He’s a man of God.”
“He can get in touch with Heaven and you can be cured”
Naaman had to be willing to listen
He may have been so desperate would try anything
Are we that desparate for God?
So Naaman gathers a fortune SILVER GOLD AND CLOTHES
He’s man of power so he comes on strong every man has his price
So he gets together $50 K in silver, $5,K in clothes, $1.2 mil gold
Brings gets a letter from his king to Jehoram of Israel
which in effect says if you help Naaman you are helping me
sending him to you so you will cure him of his leprosy
Big military entourage with Naaman King of Israel blown away
Assumes Syrian king is starting a war Am I God?
Interesting doesn’t say king calls on God
Just worries tries to deal with it himself
Elisha hears about the fretting king who is dismayed
And says send him over to me, I’ll talk to him
King Jehoram doesn’t have a lot of options
He is thrilled to get Naaman off his hands
Naaman takes riches, & warriors rings doorbell at Elisha’s house
Elisha doesn’t even come to the door
Just sends his underling out telling Naaman what to do
Naaman is used to dealing man to man with leaders
He has got enough $$ to make Elisha rich,
How dare you disgrace me? You come out and see me
OUR GREATEST STRENGTHS CAN BECOME WEAKNESSES
Naaman is a successful general, he is wealthy has influence
But our greatest strengths can become weaknesses
Decisive take charge
I can speak well but mouth got me in trouble
Look at response Vs 11 NLT Naaman became angry & stalked away.
“I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said.
“I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy
and call on the name of the LORD his God and heal me!
Doesn’t this guy know who I am? He is supposed to pray
Wave his hand and get rid of all my problems
One of the worst things we can do is get angry and go away
Story would not have happy ending if Naaman remained stubborn,
Sometimes we walk away from God we don’t get our way