Identify Yourself: Unclean, Unclean! by Tommy Tenney

Loneliness itself is a disfiguring condition.

Scripture Reading
My God, My God why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? Psalm 22:1

Do you feel alone, disfigured, and dishonored in your pain? Is life and joy draining from your personality? Welcome to Gehazi’s hell, the neighborhood where dying is actually easier than living.

That is what leprosy does. It isolates, disfigures, and destroys you. Not only do you die, but you die alone. And you die a disfiguring and painful death.

With each passing day, the disabling effects of neuropathy (death of the nerves) continue to aggressively advance from the extremities of the toes and fingers toward the heart.

The curse of numbness robs it victims of freedom, independence, and the ability to interact with the world around them. We even see this curse attacking the souls of our Prozac society, inducing a paralyzing, and crippling numbness of spirit-producing an unfeeling, uncaring, numb nation.

This leprosy attitude seems to be spreading. We feel all alone, pushed in a corner, like no one understands, when maybe God is pulling us away from people to be closer to Him. He hasn’t forsaken you-maybe you just refuse to let loneliness be a good thing.