OVERVIEW: Naaman, an obedient Gentile, was healed of leprosy while Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the prophet, was inflicted with it.
BIG IDEA: Greed infects and destroys.
KEY VERSE: 2 Kings 5:20 (Gehazi’s decision to sin)
But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, the man of God, said to himself, “My master should not have let this Aramean get away without accepting any of his gifts. As surely as the Lord lives, I will chase after him and get something from him.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Learn from the men in this chapter. Although Naaman did not want to do something he could not understand, he followed through. He trusted God, obeyed the prophets’ instruction, and was blessed. Conversely, Gehazi’s greed was more costly than he could have imagined. His eyes grew large by the riches he hoped to acquire, but they were not his to obtain. I had many ways I wanted to bless him, but he needed patience.
Be still and know that I am God. Wait on me. Learn to look for me and to be patient, and you will enjoy the “in-between.” That’s the period many find disturbing. Not many know how to wait, but I want to equip you to do so. Be controlled by my Spirit, not by your desires or emotions. Feelings are not evil, but bring them to me and let me teach you to express them in ways that bring life and hope to your soul and those around you.
In what ways are you putting dreams and ambitions before God? Have you only asked God to bless what you are doing, or do you regularly ask God what he wants you to do? Focus on praying in this manner today, and take time to be still and listen for God’s response. You may not hear an audible voice, but is God prompting you to do anything in particular?
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