2010-10-03 - Did He Really Say That?
Caught in a Lie
Then he went in and stood before his master Elisha. "Where have you been, Gehazi?" Elisha asked. "Your servant didn't go anywhere," Gehazi answered. (2 Kings 5:25)
Gehazi is a prime example of what happens when we take control, even if we have good intentions.
It pays to leave well enough alone. Perhaps if Gehazi told Elisha that he felt Elisha should receive his just reward, it could have helped put things into perspective. Instead, Gehazi acted on his feelings, and as a result was struck a leper.
As Elisha's servant, he witnessed Naaman's great miracle of being healed of leprosy. Naaman finally relenlted and washed himself in the Jordan, as Elisha said. Gehazi couldn't help but think that Naaman should have made Elisha take the gifts he offered the prophet. So Gehazi took it upon himself to correct the situation.
He told Naaman a made-up story, in order to get the money and clothing originally intended for Elisha. Naaman kindly obliged and gave Gehazi more than he asked. Naaman was happy, and Gehazi was happy doing a good deed. When Gehazi returned, Elisha asked where he had been. Gehazi lied a second time that day. Elisha knew the truth and didn't approve of the deception. As punishment, Naaman's leprosy came upon Gehazi, and all his descendants, those living and yet to come! Even thought his intentions were honorable, Gehazi was not able to explain or defend his actions. His family legacy became an infectious disease.
I pray Gehazi will serve as an example and reminder of the possible consequences of lying, regardless how noble or justifiable the reasons.
Lord, show me the right way to handle this difficult situation. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Name an instance and the outcome when you took control.