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"Where Have You Been?"

Larry Ray Hafley

Elisha asked his servant, "Where have you been, Gehazi" (2 Kgs. 5:25)? Gehazi, who thought he could get by with his covetous dishonesty, lied and replied, "nowhere." Typically, when a child is doing something he ought not to do, he will be asked, "What have you been up to?" And he will answer, "nothing." He thinks he can get away with his deceit and disobedience. He might just do so. However, with God, it is impossible to cover our tracks and hide our sins, "For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings" (Prov. 5:21).

If we are unfaithful in our attendance, we may disguise our sin and mumble something about having been "away one weekend," about not having "felt well for the past two weeks," and about having to "work a lot of overtime lately." Things like that do happen. God knows. If, however, you are making excuses, and if the truth is that you have just been too lazy and indifferent to worship with the saints as the Lord directs, be assured that you cannot fool or deceive Him. Truly, God knows. And He will "bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil" (Eccl. 12:14).

Remember that the next time you are unfaithful and are tempted to lie about it.

So, where have you been? We missed you.

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