When Elisha was in his last illness, King Jehoash of Israel visited him and wept over him. “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” he cried.
Elisha told him, “Get a bow and some arrows.” And the king did as he was told. Elisha told him, “Put your hand on the bow,” and Elisha laid his own hands on the king’s hands. Then he commanded, “Open that eastern window,” and he opened it.
Then he said, “Shoot!” So he shot an arrow. Elisha proclaimed, “This is the Lord’s arrow, an arrow of victory over Aram, for you will completely conquer the Arameans at Aphek.”
Then he said, “Now pick up the other arrows and strike them against the ground.” So the king picked them up and struck the ground three times. But the man of God was angry with him. “You should have struck the ground five or six times!” he exclaimed. “Then you would have beaten Aram until it was entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times.” –2 Kings 13:14-19
Can you imagine how King Jehoash must have felt when he realized just a few more strikes of the arrows and he would have had complete victory?
I’m sure King Jehoash had no idea how important striking the arrows against the ground would turn out to be in the war between Aram. He probably thought it was senseless and silly. The funny thing is sometimes we need to do some things that seem senseless, silly, and down-right uncool to be able to reach big goals.
- I wish I would have spent that extra hour studying
- I wish I would have cleaned the house instead of watched T.V.
- I wish I would have saved 10% of my income so I had a retirement
- I wish I would have gone back to school
- I wish I would have applied for that job
- I wish I would have talked to that person about Jesus
“Should” and “would” will suck the life out of you.
When you get a chance to set a goal–go for the gold not the bronze.
Pick up every arrow you can find and beat it on the ground as many times as possible!
Heavenly Father, help us to live life in a way that leaves no room for “shouldn” and “wouldn.” Lead us and guide us. Teach us to set and work to achieve big goals for You and Your Kingdom.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 14:1-14; 2 Chronicles 25:1-24; 2 Kings 13:12-13; 2 Kings 14:15-16, 23-27; 2 Chronicles 25:25-28; 2 Kings 14:17-22; 2 Kings 15:1-5; 2 Chronicles 26:1-21; Jonah 1:1-4:11