Re:Verse reading–2 Kings 5 (day three) 

Is this the time to take money?

Three people lose it, one keeps his mind steady.  King Joram sees disaster looming should he fail to reverse the illness of his oppressor’s top general, now in his care.  That general, Naaman, livid with rage at the Israelites’ lack of respectful protocol, dismisses the entire nation as inferior.  Gehazi, himself driven by ethnic disdain and greedy to exploit Aram’s wealth, manipulates and deceives Naaman, then lies about it.  Each of these people sees a moment–and hope–drawing to a close: Joram’s luck has run out; Naaman’s sickness has doomed him to worthless backwaters; Gehazi desperately grasps at the security of riches to outrun poverty’s reach.  In the middle of these occurrences stands Elisha, who can see reality: With God, each circumstance is not an end but, a beginning.  It’s not doom, but dawn.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

One thought on “Stayed”

  1. I am convinced, “with God, each circumstance is not an end, but, a beginning.” Life on earth goes on. God can close one opportunity and opens up a different opportunity. Once He closes, we should move on, knowing that the other door is better for us as God sees it. We can believe and trust His decision and wisdom.

    God is in total control of our lives. This blog reminded me of the following verse, “What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.”~~Revelation 3:7 b NIV

    What I have learned is that when God shuts down an opportunity, wait on Him! He will redirect us! He will!

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