Every day, we make decisions. From small to large choices, we are confronted with moments where a judgment is required, and a path must be taken. Sometimes the decisions are made so quickly, we donât even have to dwell on it. Other times, the choices we make are slow and arduous, but always, the choices have consequences. What does the Lord say about the kinds of decisions we make? And does He care about the deeper issues of the heart that inform our decisions? You bet He does.
Today we are going to look at two people who made choices. One person moved toward the Lord; the other person moved away from Him. Both dealt with the consequences. Letâs look at these two people so that we can see the best way to approach life and all its many decisions, and so that we can avoid the difficulties our own decisions might bring.
GEHAZI - 2 Kings 5:15, 16, 19-26
Six things to note about Gehazi and his story:
1) He was observant of his surroundings. 4) v20: Desire is awakened.
2) He had potential. 5) v22: Desire gives birth to sin.
3) He played a role in ministering. 6) v26: Elishaâs reactionââIs it a timeâ¦?â
THE WIDOW - 2 Kings 4:1-7
Four things to note about the widow and her story:
1) v1: She was a wife of one of the sons of the prophets. Elisha was in authority over that group. He was the leader.
2) v1: Slavery was a common practice for people in debt.
3) vs3-4: The widow was given careful, detailed instructions, and she followed them exactly.
4) v6: God miraculously provided.
Letâs compare/contrast these two people:
1) Both were serving God 3) Human effort vs. Godâs provision
2) Running away vs. Running toward the Lord 4) Greedy heart vs. Trusting heart
How do we make our decisions? What leads us to those decisions?
Fear Faith Love Human reasoning Trust Selfishness
Anger Lust Worry Doubt Pride Selflessness
Three things we can learn from Gehazi and the widow:
1) Our motives may not be trustworthy.
We cannot assume that we are honest, objective and pure.
We may never be above the possibility of a Gehazi momentâkeep humility close.
2) The Lord is trustworthy.
His motives ARE objective, honest and pure, so we can trust His leading when we are making choices.
3) Allow the Lord to work in us.
As we walk with Him, we can allow Him to show us our hearts and uncover the areas that He is working on in order to correct, heal and strengthen our weak areas.
The rest of Gehaziâs story - 2 Kings 8:4-6
1) Is there a time when you submitted a decision (big or small) to the Lord instead of trusting in your own reasoning? What happened? 2) Look again at the âSome Possibilitiesâ list above. In what area of your heart is the Lord currently challenging you to grow? Is it difficult for you? Why or why not?