2 Kings 5:26-27 “And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.”
Today’s thoughts might be titled, “The Cost of Covetousness.”
We often will make decisions without ever really counting the cost. We see that Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, evidently did not. He saw a wealthy man who came to his master and offered riches for healing him of his leprosy. When Elisha refused, Gehazi saw an opportunity and took it.
Most of us could relate to the story of a decision we made in haste and regretted the consequences. It is those testimonies that need to be shared to warn those who come after us. Let them learn from our experience.
We know that the only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history.
Luke 12:15 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
We see that we are too be content with what we have.
Proverbs 15:16 “Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.”
Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
Paul told Timothy:
1 Timothy 6:6-8 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
Many can relate that pursuing possessions is a futile effort for once acquired, and they do not satisfy like we thought they would. When we reset our hearts to desire God, His presence, and His desires, we can find that contentment of which Paul spoke.
We could always do with a bigger, better house, a newer car, newer fashionable clothes, or that which elevates our status in the eyes of men. But, will we seek after what elevates us in the sight of God?
Love fully and completely.
When you seek to find God, you find He is all you need!