Naaman The Honorable

Naaman The Honorable by Kirk Hunt

Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.

2 Kings 5:1 NKJV

Despite being a general in the army of the pagan Syrians, Naaman was an instrument of God’s will.  Being a great and honorable man (or woman) does not mean you are sinless.  Leprosy, long a symbol or analogy of sin in human lives, changed the viewpoint of others.  Naaman’s grateful king (historically, Ben-Hadad II) saw him less as a national hero and more as a dangerous threat to his own health and wellbeing.

Even today, Naaman’s leprosy can serve as an object lesson:  Being good and moral is not enough.  Christians, God’s people, must live more than clean lives.  We must live separate from the sin that can so easily taint and contaminate our lives.

Despite all of his achievements and benefits to the Syrian King and nation, Naaman lived as a separated pariah.  Even his wife would have shunned his immediate presence, or merest touch.  Naaman’s bacterial infection defined him more than his courage, valor or noble character.

The sin in your life defines you more than your generosity, virtue or clean living.  Some souls who see your taint and contamination will shun you as one of the unredeemed.  Other souls will seek to drag you further into the worst of sinful living.

Leprosy, the disease, can be cured.  Sin, the corruption of your soul, can be cleansed and avoided through the salvation of Jesus Christ.  I pray you are honorable, but know it is more important to be sinless.

Think:      Honorable is good.  Sinless is better.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to live sinlessly through Your Holy Spirit and power.”

 

Copyright © February 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Exposed

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Exposed By Kirk Hunt

 

Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.

2 Samuel 12:9 NKJV

 

Nathan the prophet told his parable in public. David reacted in righteous indignation at the account of the rich man’s cruel disregard for others. Then Nathan exposed David’s sin, the cover-up and hypocrisy.

 

Thankfully, David had the good sense to respond with shame in his error. His repentance appeared to be sincere and complete. Still, it would have been best if David had refused to sin in the first place. Failing to prevent his indiscretion, David’s cover-up only led to more sin and additional sinners.

 

David was exposed. The adulterous sin he committed was exposed for all to see. So too, the murder he committed also came to light. His smartest play would have been to stay clean. His next smartest play would have been to repent and confess.

 

Even the best of us are tempted to cover up an error or sin. Public shame and humiliation adds to the private guilt and self-reproach. You will be held accountable for your error and sin. Do not add to the tally in a vain attempt to avoid or delay being exposed.

 

Think:             More sin is never a solution.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to repent quickly and in sincerity.”

 

 

Copyright © October 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Do Not Cover Up

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Do Not Cover Up By Kirk Hunt

 

And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.”

2 Samuel 11:5 NKJV

 

The conception should have been happy news. Instead, Bathsheba’s baby-to-be was the ultimate evidence of adultery. David, the man after God’s own heart, engaged in a cover up.

 

We cannot know what motivated David as he tried to cover up his sin. Clearly, he wanted to avoid the truth coming out. Instead, the sin count grew, and others were drawn into a growing web of lies and deceit that grew into murder.

 

Of course, the best route is to not become caught up in sin. I understand how easy it is to give that kind of advice. Unfortunately, I am very aware of how difficult it is to live that out. Worse, I understand too well the temptation to sin “just a little more” to keep it under wraps. Scripture, and recent history, are very clear about the outcome of a cover up.

 

The correct solution requires confession then repentance. David, a beloved and wealthy king, could not avoid the consequences of his sin. David’s sin was exposed before his nation. David was convicted before God. And Uriah, and the baby, paid the price for David’s sin and error.

 

God is a forgiving God. He will forgive you. Confess and repent sooner, rather than later.

 

Think:             The first instinct of a sinner is to cover up the sin.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to confess and repent of my sin.”

 

 

Copyright © October 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Caught In The Act

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Caught In The Act By Kirk Hunt

 

Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.

John 8:3–4 NKJV
Please read John 8:3-11

 

Perhaps the Pharisees thought they had an airtight case. She had been caught in the act of adultery. They would trap that sinner-loving backwoods heretic by His compassionate, forgiving heart.

 

Of course, if they caught her in flagrante delicto, then where was the man? Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22-24 are very clear and straight-forward. Both the man and the woman were subject to the penalty for sin. Clearly, their agenda was ambushing Jesus rather than holiness or justice.

 

There are folks who specialize in exploiting the mistakes and errors of others. Comparing them to jackals and hyenas may be accurate, but is little better than name-calling. Your best defense is to simply stay out of sin.

 

Remaining right and righteous is not always that easy. Still, it is cheaper and easier than being caught in the act. You have the right and responsibility to stay out of sin. Let His power and grace carry you past error and wrongdoing. You will thank yourself and the Holy Spirit in the morning.

 

Think:             It is up to me to stay out of sin.

 

Pray:               “Father-God, help me to live a life free of sin.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2015, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.