Daily Devotion on 2 Kings 5:14-27
Text: 2 Kings 5:14-27
The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
The apostle Paul wrote those words to a young pastor by the name of Timothy. How true his words have remained over two millennia! How true his words are in a country of consumerism like America!
This is nothing new though. Throughout the history of the world money has been a source of all kinds of problems. Today’s devotion gives us a glimpse of just one example from Israel’s history.
God allowed the prophet Elisha to bring healing to an Aramean named Naaman. Moved by the awesome power of God and a newly planted faith, Naaman offered gifts of thanks to Elisha and his right-hand servant, Gehazi. But Elisha refused so that God received the glory and thanks, not Elisha.
However, Gehazi had dollar signs in his eyes. He privately ran up to Naaman and concocted a story about Elisha needing the gifts that had been offered. He then took the bounty and hid it in his house. He even tried to lie to the prophet of God to cover up his greedy theft. As a result, Gehazi and his family received the same disease that Naaman had.
It is a clear example of the difference between greed and humble thanks to God. Naaman was thankful to the Lord for what he had done and freely and willingly offered gifts of his own treasures. But Gehazi wasn’t content with what he had. He just had to have more.
This week our worship and our daily devotions will focus on how love overcomes our greed. So we can pray today that God gives to us the reformed heart of Naaman, who gave in thanks and joy to the Lord. We can also pray that God keep us from the greed of Gehazi!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, every good and perfect gift comes from you. Help me to be content with all the things you give to me in life. Help me to trust that you will always provide. Help me to graciously give gifts of my treasures to help others and to give thanks to you. I pray in your holy name. Amen.
Posted on October 15, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, School and tagged 2 Kings, 2 Kings 5, Church, Content, Contentment, Daily Devotions, Elisha, Faith, Gehazi, Greed, Greedy, Leprosy, Naaman, School, Thanks, Thanksgiving, Trust. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.