WHOSE WISH CAME TRUE
Gehazi was tired of not
having everything he wanted. His master Elisha, didn't seem to
care if he had to wear the same old clothes or eat the same old
kinds of foods every day. Gehazi was very bitter about the way
he had to live. When he first started serving Elisha he didn't
think it would be like this. Just the other day all of the sons
of the prophets had to go out into the woods to gather wild herbs
and gourds to try to make something to eat. It didn't matter to
Gehazi that God had made a delicious meal out of that stew or
that shortly after that God had provided another miraculous meal.
Gehazi was tired of being poor and having to live off charity.
Besides all of this Gehazi
was still angry about the Shunamite woman who had recently acted
very strangely towards him. She had come a long way to see Elisha
and Elisha had told Gehazi to go and see what she wanted. Instead
she pushed past Gehazi as if she didn't trust him. He didn't know
that she had noticed his bitter spirit whenever he and his master
would stay at her house. Perhaps she detected Gehazi's feelings
that the world owed him something. Anyway she had ignored Gehazi
and came straight to Elisha saying that her child was dead. Gehazi
had tried to push her away from Elisha but instead of gratitude
for his service Elisha had given him an embarassing job to do.
Gehazi had to take Elisha's staff and lay it on the dead child's
Well of course, as is
always the case when someone tries to do God's work with a wrong
attitude, nothing happened. This made Gehazi even more angry.
He went back and told Elisha that the child was dead. When Elisha
prayed for the boy he was raised from the dead. Elisha could have
went without sending Gehazi because he knew what was in Gehazi's
heart but God wanted to show Gehazi that there was something wrong
in his ministry. It is too bad that Gehazi ignored God's warning.
One day a group of soldiers
and chariots showed up at the door of Elisha's house. The leader
of the soldiers was sick with leprosy. He had come to ask Elisha
to pray that he would be healed. After the Lord had tested the
captain, He healed him. Another kind of test was being prepared
for Gehazi. The captain offered Elisha money and expensive clothing.
Elisha refused and sent the soldiers away.
Gehazi felt that it was
time that he be rewarded for serving Elisha. He followed the soldiers
and lied to them saying that Elisha had changed his mind. The
captain gave Gehazi some silver and some clothing. Gehazi then
made his way back to the house and hid the gifts. When he came
out of the room he lied to Elisha and told him he had not went
anywhere. Elisha told him that in his heart he knew what Gehazi
had done. This shows us that Elisha had been concerned about his
servant for some time.
There was nothing Elisha
could do for him now except to let him experience the punishment
for what he had done. He told Gehazi that the leprosy of the captain
would stay on Gehazi and his family forever. Gehazi's plans for
his family were ruined by his greed. Now he and his family would
always know the punishment of God for greediness.
Taken from II Kings 4,5