2 Kings 4:18-5:27
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Click on Text Link to Read Online
Focus Verses: 2 Kings 5:13-14
servants went to him and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you
to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then,
when he tells you, 'Wash and be cleansed'!" 14 So
he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man
of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like
that of a young boy.
did not know the God of Abraham, but his hope for a cure led him to
Elisha. After being healed, he decided to never again worship any god
other than the God of Israel. He didn't fully understand who that God
was, but his heart was turned and headed in the right direction.
Gehazi did know
the God of Abraham, and had seen his power displayed in powerful ways
through Elisha's ministry. However, in his actions toward Naaman, and
deceit toward Elisha, he demonstrated that his heart was turning away
from God and headed in the wrong direction.
turned toward God and found healing. Gehazi turned away from God and
became diseased. Carelessly turning away from God in selfish sin leads
to death and sickness. Turning toward God in faith and submission leads
to life and restoration.
Response and Action
I, like Naaman, seeking truth and drawing nearer to God? Am I growing
in my understanding and my wholeheartedness toward Christ? Or am I, like
Gehazi, taking God for granted, and getting careless about my actions? I
do not want my profession of faith to be contradicted by actions that
are selfish and deceptive.
Both Naaman and Gehazi were
confused in their understanding about God, but Naaman was stumbling
toward God, and Gehazi was stumbling away from God. I have a long way to
go in my understanding of God, my knowledge of Scripture, and my
spiritual growth, so I will keep eyes on Jesus, turn my heart toward
him, and pursue righteousness. When I stumble, I want to stumble toward
God, I want to know you more. Thank you, that though I have so far to
go, you love me where I am. Draw me closer to you. Grant me the wisdom
and the will to seek you with my whole heart and to walk in your ways.
Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: James 3:14-15
14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.
Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship
by N.T. Wright (Ch. 8 - "The Mind Renewed" is based on 2 Kings 5)