Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 13:1-14:29 (additional reading: Psalm 146:1-10 and Proverbs 18:2-3)
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 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
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.
Do you try to live by your might and your power or by God’s grace?
How is God calling you to show great faith?
Father, Thank You that You are almighty and that nothing is too hard for You. Help us to stop trying to live life by our own strength and skills but to trust in You. Thank You that give us faith to believe. In Jesus’ name, Amen