For this week’s meditation we would turn our attention to the life of Gehazi, servant of Elisha.
But before we come to him, let’s briefly look at Elijah and Elisha in order to set a context.

Elijah was a powerful prophet of God and was used mightly by God. Bible tells us in 1 Kings chapter 19 that God spoke to Elijah to anoint Elisha as a Prophet to succeed him.

Elijah did accordingly as mentioned in 1 Kings 19:19-21, “[19] So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. [20] Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, he said, and then I will come with you. Go back, Elijah replied. What have I done to you? [21] So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.”

Elisha left everything that he had and became the servant of Elijah doing all that Elijah asked him to do. Years went by and finally when the time had come when Elijah was to be taken up by God he asked Elisha what he desires. Let’s read about this incident.
2 Kings 2:9-13, “[9] When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you? Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit, Elisha replied. [10] You have asked a difficult thing, Elijah said, yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not. [11] As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. [12] Elisha saw this and cried out, My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel! And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two. [13] Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.”

Elisha now had the double portion of the spirit which Elijah had and he went on to do mighty miracles in the name of Jehovah.

Elisha then took a servant for himself, Gehazi whom he trained the way Elijah trained him. Gehazi was trusted by Elisha and we see evidence of it in 2 Kings chapter 8 where Gehazi was sent by Elisha to stand before the King.
Gehazi must have known how Elisha got the double anointing of Elijah and somewhere would have heard the speculations that Gehazi can also inherit the double portion of Elisha’s anointing! This should have spurred him to be even more faithful to Elisha, learn everything from him, start being used by God. However his heart was not in the right place.
We see evidence of it in 2 Kings chapter 8 where the son of shunammite had died and Elisha sends Gehazi with his staff.
2 Kings 4:29,31, “Elisha said to Gehazi, Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don’t greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face. [31] Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.”

This was not expected to happen. Elisha’s staff was supposed to be anointed and should have brought the son back to life. But it did not.
When I was mediating on this text, the Holy Spirit revealed that it was because Gehazi’s heart was not right with God hence the anointing of God did not go with him. All he was carrying was just an ordinary staff and not an anointed one!

Gehazi was with one of the prime prophets of his time, he had the privilege to be with him all the time, learn from him, be blessed by him, Yet because his heart was not in the right place the anointing was not on him!
This ultimately led to the incident where Naman was healed of the leprosy and due to Gehazi’s greed that leprosy came on him and his generations to come.
A life which could have been used powerfully by God was now a wasted life!

How many people do we know who had potential, were close with anointed men and women of God and yet faded in history as ‘wasted lives’

God has given all His people some talent or the other using which they can bless other people, be used mightly for the Kingdom of God. All that is required is that we follow Him with a faithful heart.

Has God called you? If yes then I urge earnestly to introspect your life, your heart and see if it really is right with God. If no, then repent Infront of God and mend your ways immediately before it is too late. So that we don’t end up like Gehazi, a life wasted!

God bless you

Your brother in Christ
Nikunj