In 2 Kings 5:15, Elisha refuses to receive a physical reward from Naaman, whom God had healed from leprosy. Naaman desperately wanted to give something to Elisha, but Elisha refused his gifts.
As Naaman departed, Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, ran after him. When Naaman asked, Gehazi lied, saying Elisha had sent him to get money and clothing. We, the readers, quickly see through the facade, but Naaman does not. Without a second thought, he generously gave more than was requested.
When Gehazi returned to Elisha, he asked one question: “Where have you been, Gehazi?” To which Gehazi replied, “Your servant went nowhere.”
Many parents have asked that question, and many children have answered with the same deception. Gehazi discovered what all should grasp today: lying is foolish. Because of his lies, Gehazi was cursed with leprosy for the rest of his life. He chose to lie in an attempt to hide his greed, but God knew the truth already. Lying is foolish, but telling the truth is wise.
Proverbs 15:3 states, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.” Those who engage in evil deeds fear the eyes of the Lord, but those who work righteousness have nothing but gladness for the attention of their Heavenly Father. Have you been doing what is right lately? God has been watching you; what has He seen?
God sees everything. He is the righteous and merciful Judge, willing to forgive those who repent of their sins and practice the truth. If you have been living apart from God, today is the day to return to Him. If you would like an in-person or streamed Bible study, we will gladly make the time. If you need prayer, send us an email or call the church office and we will go to God together. We love you, and we care for your soul!