Limits could manifest in form of barriers, blockades or barricades.  Limits could spare certain area of someone’s life but holding on firmly to certain other areas.  The danger of limits is that the area or areas being held is always a serious point of concern that seems to frustrate other areas unaffected.  The Bible says:

“Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.” – II Kings 5:1

Our text today is the introduction of Naaman in the Bible.  He was the captain of the host of the king of Syria (a very powerful nation of their time).  He was a great man (respected by the king).  He was an honorable and valiant warrior (he had fought and won battles for Syria to secure Syria’s peace and position in the comity of nations).  He must have been well respected among the Syrians and held in high esteem for what he had accomplished as a valiant soldier.  Naaman was married and the wife even had a maid. II Kings 5:2.  It was not mentioned but it was clear that his wife did not have any infirmity.

However, Naaman had a barrier that made him unfit among ordinary people.  Naaman was a leper.  According to Levitical order, confirmed lepers were to be restricted to lepers’ colony.  Leviticus 13:1-59; Leviticus 14:1-57.  Naaman had not been confined to the lepers’ colony because it was clear from the story that he was still living with the family and there was no record of the wife or the maid to the wife being leprous.  It is also clear from the story that Naaman’s leprosy had already been confirmed because the king knew about it.  II Kings 5:5-6.

The great man of valor of the nation of Syria was under the barrier of leprosy.  Leprosy blocked his joy, peace, pleasure and all-round wellbeing.  He was soon going to run out of favor and be confined to lepers’ colony where his life would remain miserable until death.

Suddenly, there was light in the end of the tunnel.  The maid to the wife (who was an Israelite) and was connected to the God of Israel became the link to the help so desired to remove the barricade.  The help you so desire is just around you.

Brethren, the help you need to remove the limits is not far from you.  Turn your search for help inward.  No more limits!

Scriptures for meditation: II Kings 5:1-13

Jesus is Lord!

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