Grace For The Journey
The Bible says in 2 Kings 5:20, “Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, ‘My master was has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.’”
The story of the prophet Elisha being used of God to heal Naaman of leprosy is well known by students of the Scriptures. There is another story, however, that is closely associated with this miraculous event that is less familiar and perhaps more profound in its message:
The greed of Gehazi.
Naaman was the commander of the army of the king of Syria. The Bible tells us that he was a mighty man of valor, but suffered from leprosy. One day he sought out the prophet Elisha in order to be cured. Naaman was displeased with the response he received from Elisha, but he was persuaded to do as he was instructed and went down to the Jordan, dipped himself in the river seven times, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child.
Naaman was hugely grateful for his healing and wanted to reward Elisha, but Elisha refused. Enter Elisha’s servant Gehazi, who had a leprous heart that was beating for things smaller than God. Gehazi ran after Naaman, requesting the reward that Elisha had refused. When Elisha discerned his servant’s actions, the prophet rebuked Gehazi for his greed, and Gehazi became as Naaman had been – a leper.
By nature, we all have a bit of Gehazi in us.
We have leprous hearts that beat
For the stuff of this world
Rather than for our Savior.
On the outside, Gehazi looked quite good to the watching world. He was a servant of the great prophet Elisha, which brought Gehazi close to God and God’s Word continually. He was immersed in an environment of spiritual and eternal things. But his leprous heart was beating for that which was temporal, and eventually . . .
What he loved most
Rose to the surface of his life.
It always does!
What has your heart been beating for lately? Things above or things below? What have you been running after? Do not be deceived as Gehazi was and think all is well inwardly simply because of your outward environment. As a servant of the prophet Elisha, Gehazi was close to God outwardly, but deep inside, his heart was far from God.
Remember, it is not your religion – rooted in your church attendance, prayer life, daily devotions, and service to God – that guards you from a leprous heart.
It is always and in every way
Your right relationship with your Redeemer,
Because the ultimate reward in
Both life and death is Jesus.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”