2 Kings 13:17New International Version (NIV)
17 “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.”
I love this portion of Scripture where the old prophet Elisha is still at work while being bed ridden and unable to get about. This old prophet is still full of God’s power and ready to help Jehoash.
We see King Jehoash calling on Elisha for guidance and help. The enemy was at his gate to pounce and defeat him. Not knowing which way to turn he calls on Elisha, a man of double the portion of his mentor Elijah.
The prophet knows just what to do for Jehoash. Open the window and shoot the arrow. The arrow is significant because it shows the Lord’s power of victory over his enemy.
Then Elisha told King Jehoash to strike the arrows against the ground. The only problem is, he only strikes 3 times. The prophet gets mad and says, “Why only 3? You should have struck the ground 5 or 6 times. Beat your enemy!”
The only problem was that King Jehoash was a passive man. Three strikes got him by. He thought that was enough. This was a spiritual battle for Jehoash. The great I Am was in control and willing to conquer Jehoash’s enemy. The only problem was faith. He only had faith to get by.
The root of passivity, men, is an unwillingness to submit. When we fail and are passive to submit we lose purpose for which we were created. Failure to live up to the calling as a man is passivity.
We mush admit our passivity as men and ask God to help us improve through our weaknesses and failures. We must be willing to name them and in doing so at the moment, we break their power over us.
Like King Jehoash, God is wanting victory in our lives to defeat our enemy who knocks on our gates. Assessing and improving your life in Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform you will break your passive faith. Do you have the hairs standing on the back of your neck right now? If not, I do not know what will.
Stand against the passivity in your life. Grab it by the throat, name it, and allow God to change it! Enough said!
Strength and Courage