Foolish Gain

2 Kings 5:20
But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.

Foolish Gehazi thought he could take just a little bit and get away with it. But his sins compounded one on top of the other and brought a terrible end. First, his lust and greed for the treasure that Naaman had brought led him to chase after Naaman and make up a story in order to receive the treasure under false pretenses. Then he carries it home with his pride, thinking he could hide what he’d done from not only Elisha, but God, as well. He lies also to Elisha and refuses to admit what he’d done.

Sometimes, like Gehazi, we think that we can perhaps sin somewhat and get away with it. Maybe we think it’s okay if we don’t go to some extreme and do something really bad, but instead just do something a little bad. We can lie just this one time, and no one will get hurt. We can take just one little thing, and no one will ever know. Whatever it is we might convince ourselves it is okay to do, we’ll often find that that one somewhat of a sin compounds and compounds and becomes sin on top of sin on top of sin.

Gehazi seemed to think that he and Elisha were owed something. After all, Naaman had brought all that stuff for whoever would heal him of his leprosy. That sense of entitlement can often lead us down a windy road. That glint of treasure got stuck in Gehazi’s mind, and so he ran after that desire. He wanted Naaman’s treasure but ultimately received his leprosy, as well. We must be careful not to fall into this kind of mind-set. God blesses us out of grace, not because we deserve what He chooses to give to us.

Let us be wary of following Gehazi’s path. No matter what we may think we can get away with, God sees and knows all that we are doing. Let’s be careful not to think we can commit one little sin without it leading to more and more sin. Let’s instead graciously accept what God blesses us with and not covet more and more things. Let’s not run after the somewhats of this world, the riches that will perish, but instead seek to know God and to honor Him.

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