2 Kings 5:20-27

10 02 2011

2 Kings 5:20) But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the LORD lives, I will run after him and take something from him.”

2 Kings 5:21) So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well?”

2 Kings 5:22) And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me, saying, ‘Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.'”

2 Kings 5:23) So Naaman said, “Please, take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him.

2 Kings 5:24) When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed.

2 Kings 5:25) Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, “Where did you go, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant did not go anywhere.”

2 Kings 5:26) Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants?

2 Kings 5:27) “Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.” And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.

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Sad isn’t it… God gives us so many things but we always want that one extra thing, “Oh if I have that I’ll be happy.” God doesn’t put restrictions on us to keep us from being happy, he puts restrictions on us to keep us safe.  We do the same thing with our children, “Don’t touch that it’s hot.  Don’t eat that it’s not cooked.”

When we’re young these sound like horrible rules… what about a parent that is older than creation.  Since he made it he knows how everything works.  But him giving us everything we want is a terrible thing, just like giving kids everything they want is terrible too.  All it leads to is spoiled kids who don’t understand how the real world works.

God gave us the ultimate gift already anyways; free will, so that we can be just that… free.  It may not sound like much… but in truth it was a huge risk.  God originally wanted us to live in unimaginable happiness, but through our free will and disobedience, we shape our own path.  God wants us with him but he doesn’t want mindless drones.

So the next time you ask, “How could God do this to me?” Don’t while God could control every action of your life, would it really be a life?  Just like we let our own children fall when they’re learning to walk, God let’s us fall so we will learn from our mistake and hopefully come back to him.

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