Devotional: G R E E D ~What IS “Enough”?

II Kings 5:20-27
Gehazi’s Greed

20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.” 21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well?”

22 And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me, saying, ‘Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.’”

23 So Naaman said, “Please, take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him. 24 When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed. 25 Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, “Where did you go, Gehazi?”

And he said, “Your servant did not go anywhere.”

26 Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants? 27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.” And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.

One show my son and I watch together is a “reality” show about entrepreneurs who are seeking to start, grow, or save their businesses. Some aspire to license or promote their products or services while others use the show as free advertisement.

A panel of renown business people who have made millions and even billions of dollars for themselves assess the risks involved in making an investment in any of the ideas presented to them.

These investors are there to make money. It seems some good is a result, as they help the owners and jobs are created; however, the focus for these wealthy men and women is to profit from their endeavors.

When is the line crossed over to greed? The Lord knows the motives of the heart, that is the only answer I have. What is the reason for wanting more? Is it for selfish gain or to share with those in need? If it is indeed to give to others, is that from genuine generosity or to be recognized by others.

At what point is enough, enough?

Prayer

Oh Lord, our Wonderful Provider

Thank You for what You have given us

Please let us keep in clear perspective why we ask for more than we have

Father, please allow us to realize when we are being reasonable]

Please call us to be generous with what we have, Lord

Please give us a willingness to share our resources, effort and time

With those who need it, God

We are selfish by nature, Lord

Please draw us closer to You

That we might learn what it truly means to give

Teach us, please, how to appreciate our gifts

And how to share the blessings You have allowed

With others

In the Name of Jesus, Who gave His very life for us,

Amen

Songs

“I Have Been Blessed”

“10,000 Reasons”

credits: FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT, SCRIPTURE

google search, bibletools, biblegateway

The Lord for the words He gives me

Family and friends who offer love and encouragement and material -Carolyn II Kings reference

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
This entry was posted in Christian, Christian Women Devotional, daily devotional, daily walk, devotional, uncatagorized, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s