“Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.” So he went out from his presence a leper, like snow.” – 2 Kings 5:27
Gehazi was privileged to serve Elisha, the prophet. He witnessed an elderly Shunammite woman be blessed with a son in her old age when pregnancy seemed impossible. He saw a first- hand witness of Elisha raising this same woman’s son from the dead. He literally saw the dead come back to life. He was there when Elisha instructed Naaman, who was afflicted with leprosy, to dip in the Jordan river seven times and he saw Naaman perfectly healed from his illness. Gehazi witnessed the power, compassion and love of God. He had a first-row seat as God worked wonders.
It wasn’t enough.
Gehazi wanted more. He wanted more of what this world had to offer instead of what God was offering. When Elisha turned down gifts offered by Naaman as gratitude for his healing, Gehazi began plotting to receive a portion of these gifts. Gehazi secretly pursued Naaman and deceived him and received some of these gifts. Gehazi thought that his act cloaked in secrecy and deceit wouldn’t be discovered by Elisha. It wasn’t Elisha that should have concerned him. God sees everything and so did Elisha. As a result of his deceit and greed, Gehazi was punished by receiving the same leprosy of which Naaman had been cured. Greed brough Gehazi to grief.
We have all been blessed. Whether we have received significant financial blessings or whether we have received the blessing of family, close friends and joys in this life, we all to a great extent have experienced the favor and blessing of God. If we pause to notice and remember, we see and have seen God working in our lives and in the lives of those around us. We have seen His healing, His providence and His grace among us. The signs of God are everywhere.
Is this enough for you? Are you willing to trust God to provide for you without giving into greed and deceit? Are you willing to let God give you what you need, as He has promised, or are you going to take control and take what is not yours through any means necessary? Are you going to look for the signs of God working around you or are you going to look for ways to advance your agenda and your purposes? Is God going to be enough for you or are you going to desire more than Him?
Gehazi made his decision. He gave into greed and deceit and reaped the consequences of these ungodly attitudes and behaviors. What will be your decision? Will God be enough?
I pray that you will not give into greed like Gehazi but will allow God to be enough for you. Our God will always be more than enough. He loves you and will give you everything you need and more. Trust Him. He will provide more than you could ever desire as you see His grace and goodness unfold in your life.