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Elisha is lying in his death bed.

As he lies there, the king, Jehoash, comes to visit him and weeps over this great man of God.

What follows is striking.

Elisha tells the king to pick up a bow and arrow, open the window and shoot toward the East, toward their enemy, Aram. Elisha held his hand over the hand of the king while he shoots. Israel had been warring against Aram and losing territory to them for generations, with a few small victories here and there. Elisha tells the king, this arrow is the arrow of the Lord’s victory.

Then the dying prophet tells Jehoash to take the arrows and beat them on the ground. The king picked up the arrows and hit the ground three times and stopped.

The kings lack of enthusiasm angers Elisha.

So the man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have destroyed it. But now you shall strike Aram only three times." - 2 Kings 13:19 NASB


Do you see how the Lord’s desire, as express by the prophet, was for the complete eradication of their enemy, their oppressors? It was in God’s plan to completely deliver Israel from the bondage and constant struggle against this enemy. But the Lord God Almighty’s deliverance would only come through the partnership with the king’s passion.

I often hear Christians talking about God’s ability to intervene in their circumstances. They think along these lines.

God is sovereign and in control. If He wanted to heal me, he could. He could let me win the lottery. He could fix my relationships, or get me a job, or—insert your solution here.

But in the case of king Jehoash, God was looking for the king to be as passionate about this victory as The Lord was.

God tells us to pray, and we throw up a two-second, “oh Lord help,” prayer.

God puts on our hearts to give, and we drop five bucks in an offering plate.

God stirs us to love our neighbor and we wave to them over the fence.

What would it look like for us to be all-in? How much greater could the Lord’s victories be if we completely gave ourselves to this partnership?

Take those arrows and beat the ground with them till there is nothing left of them.

Go after what God has put in your heart with everything you have and everything you are.

I hope this stirs you up. It’s stirring me up. I’m guilty of half measures, but I’m turning that around. Join me, will you?

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by.

See you again soon.

Keep the light on.


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