“Where have you been, Gehazi?” Elisha asked. “Your servant didn’t go anywhere,” Gehazi answered. 2 Kings 5:25
Not only did Gehazi do what was opposed to what Elisha had done, but he lied about it when he returned home. The entire time Gehazi is travelling to meet Naaman, he had to have known that what he was about to do was wrong. We don’t know the distance but certainly Gehazi was conjuring up a lie to tell Gehazi, the one that would be the most believable. And Gehazi was foolish enough to think that he wouldn’t get caught! We wonder what might have happened had he not try to cover it up.
We are faced with choices every day. We have the truth and everything else: gray areas, half truths, bald-faced lies, white lies, stretching the truth, fudging the truth, covering for someone, tall tales, fibbing, lying through your teeth, and distortions. We’ve made dishonesty an art form. But to be fair, we can’t hold a candle to many other cultures when it comes to lying.
But ironically enough, the One to Whom we are rarely honest is the One who knows our very thoughts! And He knows why we’re withholding information from Him! It’s not that we’re dishonest with Him but we just don’t think He cares about our inner beings, especially when it comes to confessing our sins again and again and again and yet again. So why are we hiding? What do we have to lose when we bare our souls in honest devotion and confession? The bigger question is ‘what do we have to gain?’ A clear conscience and a soul at rest.
“Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” Psalm 116:7