Feb. 10 - An Arrow's Value
2 Kings 13:14-19 Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”
Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. “Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.
“Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”
Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.”
My immediate response to this story is, “How on earth does this apply to me??” Fortunately after Greg explained it, the story made a lot more sense and I can see how it's definitely something I can use everyday. If you’re as puzzled as I was, read on!
King Jehoash wanted God’s favor and sought advice from Elisha, who told him to strike the ground with his arrows. The king struck the ground three times and, seeing no results, he stopped. Elisha tells him he will only defeat Aram three times instead of completely destroying them. History could have been changed if Jehoash had continued to strike the ground for as long as it was needed.
How many times have we felt we were doing God’s work, but grew impatient waiting for results and so we quit? By stopping our work without God’s command, we are leaving before He is finished with us!
God has given each of us particular set of arrows in our quiver. Are you eloquent? Compassionate? Athletically inclined? An extrovert? An introvert? Whatever your arrows are, they were given to you by God to use for his kingdom. If you use all those arrows, he will give you more. All you need to do is keep shooting! Take every opportunity to use your particular set of skills, abilities, and gifts to disciple to others and grow God’s kingdom. And whatever you do, be obedient to the Lord and trust in Him completely. And don’t stop shooting until God says you’re done!