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Summary: Naaman’s blessing became Gehazi’s curse because of their reverence for God and their fear of him.

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One Man’s Blessing but Another Man’s Curse

By Pastor Jim May

II Kings 5:1 – 27

How we handle the provisions of God in our lives will determine whether those provision will be a blessing, or a curse. We must be careful to misuse what God has given us. For those who reverence and keep a proper perspective on the presence of God and what he does for them, it is truly a blessing. But if we abuse the blessings, or begin to take them for granted, they can become a curse in our lives. Let me take you now to a story in the Old Testament to show you what I mean.

2 Kings 5:1, "Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valor, but he was a leper."

Here is a might man of valor, a man who had devoted his life to a cause greater than himself. He had sold out to the service of his King back in Syria. There was none more honorable than he in all of the kingdom. His motives were right. His goals were admirable and his character was unquestionable.

He had done many mighty works in his service to his people. He had even protected them from invasion, overcame and driven out the enemies of Syria, and had received many accolades and much praise from every one around him.

If there had been a CBS, NBC or Larry King Live in those days, I’m sure that the name of Naaman would have become a household word as his fame and popularity grew. After all, everyone loves a winner. Everyone wants someone, some hero, to look up to. This man Naaman had accomplished things in his life that made him stand head and shoulders above the rest in the eyes of his peers.

No man could question his sincerity. No man could question his commitment. No man could question his loyalty. But there was a problem. As you have seen in this scripture, Naaman was a leper.

Everything else in life seemed nothing but an empty shell for Naaman. He was a commander of men, but he had no control over his own life or his own body. He could speak the word, and thousands of people would either live or die, but he could not stop the leprosy that was ever present and threatening his very life.

To even be around him, as an armor bearer, or a servant, could be a dangerous thing, for anything he touched could carry the disease of leprosy to those who handled those things for him. Though it may have been an honor to serve him, it could also mean death and suffering in return.

There are many today who, in this body of flesh, are suffering greatly. All of their accomplishments in life seem to matter little to them now. Oh what we would pay to feel good again. The man who has lost the use of his limbs through strokes or accidents would give all that he has for the chance to walk again. Anyone who loses their sight, or their hearing, would pay any price, if they could just see or hear again. But we all know that wealth, position or power cannot do one thing to restore those things to us.

Naaman had leprosy, and it was a death sentence for his body, for there was no medical cure or treatment that could stop its deadly destruction. It was only a matter of time before he would be forever separated from society and relegated to the past.


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