THURSDAY, JULY 5
Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-6
2 Kings 5:1-6 says, “Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, ‘If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.’ And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, ‘Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.’ Then the king of Syria said, ‘Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.’ So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.” When we look at the weight of both the silver and the gold that was offered and the price of those today it amounts to $8,640,000 in silver and $17,280,000 in gold. Naaman the Syrian came prepared with a $25,920,000 offering. No wonder it was a temptation to Gehazi. How does one uphold Christian character and continue walking with an obedient heart toward God? The answer to that question is simple. We have to walk in such a way as to keep our holiness before God. Elisha did that but his servant Gehazi did not! What happened when the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness came into conflict?