Weekly Nuggets November 7, 2022
2 Kings 5:20-27 NLT
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.” So Gehazi set off after Naaman. When Naaman saw Gehazi running after him, he climbed down from his chariot and went to meet him. “Is everything all right?” Naaman asked. “Yes,” Gehazi said, “but my master has sent me to tell you that two young prophets from the hill country of Ephraim have just arrived. He would like 75 pounds of silver and two sets of clothing to give to them.” “By all means, take twice as much silver,” Naaman insisted. He gave him two sets of clothing, tied up the money in two bags, and sent two of his servants to carry the gifts for Gehazi. But when they arrived at the citadel, Gehazi took the gifts from the servants and sent the men back. Then he went and hid the gifts inside the house. When he went in to his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” “I haven’t been anywhere,” he replied
Key Phrase: Why? Where are you running?
Several people run on the same track of life, but not all have the same motives. For some it’s a simple quest for their daily bread for others it’s a quest to mischief, to oppress, covet and annexe territory. On the surface, we may all look the same, but beneath, the soul tells a different story for some run a race of mischief and evil.
In Proverbs 6:16-19, the bible tells us of 6 things that God hates, 4 of which we see in our text today;
• feet that run to trouble
• A lying tongue
• A heart that devises wicked plans
• Feet that are swift in running to evil
Gehazi scores a 4/6 on the things which God hates. A disappointing score for one who has lived and served the great Elisha. But his motive was clearly not of God as he said “I will chase after him and get something from him”.
Gehazi’s running took him away from the presence of God and seperated him permanently from every potential blessing of being Elisha’s spiritual heir. What are we running after today, the Lord is asking us to pause and check our motives -why? Where?
Father, Examine me and prove me; Try my reins and my heart (Psalm 26:2) and let my motives be pure. Lord, uproot every spirit of deceit and of the lying tongue from us. Most of all Lord, in every race we run in this life, let it be one that brings us closer to you and our divine inheritance of eternal salvation. In Jesus name. Amen
Weekly nuggets is a ministry blog by Elozino