Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy. 2 Kings 5:1
What a biography. Commander for the king. Great man. Highly regarded. Valiant soldier. But Naaman had a problem. He had leprosy. You would think that the Lord could have already healed him from this great skin malady. You’d think that the leprosy would have passed him by because he’s a great man in the eyes of the world and God!
But no. Naaman had leprosy.
Many who read this know what this feeling is like. You’re serving Christ, racking up great victories. You’re making a difference in many lives. You are doing what you know to be the work of the Lord. Then something catastrophic happens. You or a family member is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Or you find out very disturbing things about your adult child. Or you’ve miscarried for the second time in as many years. Or your parents were killed by a drunk driver.
Why why why?
Naaman had an advocate: Elisha.
We too have an advocate: Jesus Christ. You see, Jesus will go to the Father on our behalf, but we must go to him first. The Bible tells us to “cast all our cares on Him for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 Will it be easy as 1,2,3? No. Nothing in life is that way. But going to Him is part of the solution.
Often it is the only solution.