Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 13:1-14:29
While looking at today’s text, it cannot be stressed enough that throughout God’s Word we learn that the victory in any battle that God’s people are in will not be won through physical, intellectual or political might, but by the power of God.
Psalm 20:7 NIV says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
The Lord told governor Zerubabbel: “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6 NIV
Mighty Samson was only might when “the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him”(Judges 14:6 ESV). He found this out the hard way when the Spirit of the Lord left him.
And who could forget Gideon in Judges 7. God purposely whittled down the size of the army to a mere 300 so that Israel would recognize the deliverance coming from God, not Israel’s military might.
Our story today of Jehoash and Elisha is no different. The symbolic laying on of hands and the declaration concerning the arrow were to show Jehoash that the victory would be won by God’s power, not Israel’s might or Jehoash’s skill as a leader. God was giving Jehoash the opportunity of a lifetime.
However what we read is Jehoash took a golden opportunity and turned it into a lost opportunity because of a lack of faith. Jehoash took a golden opportunity and turned it into a lost opportunity because of a lack of faith. God’s wanting you to believe for bigger and better things and you’re stuck in a cycle of unbelief.