Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26
Israel was losing the war against the Syrians. God’s prophet Elisha was dying. All seemed bleak.
King Joash visits the dying Elisha. Joash begins to weep. He knows Elisha’s death will prove a great loss to Israel.
“Get a bow and some arrows,” Elisha tells Joash.
“Put your hand on the bow,” Elisha says. The king does this and then feels the prophet’s own wrinkled hands wrapped around his.
“Open the window eastward.” Joash does.
“Now shoot!” Joash shoots.
“The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance.” Elijah tells him. The arrows represented the Lord’s deliverance in Israel’s battle against Syria.
“Take your arrows and smite upon the ground,” Elisha tells the king. The king smites the ground three times.
Elisha becomes angry. “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” (2 Kings 13:19).
Do you limit God’s blessings like Joash did? Do you smite the ground a measly three times when a whole quiver full of arrows is available to you?
God has made us joint heirs with Christ. He offers us innumerable blessings and promises. Yet we are content to live on crumbs when a banquet table full of spiritual delicacies is spread for us.
We wallow in despair when God offers us joy. We live in anxiety when prayer can bring us peace. We feel lonely even though God is always with us. We tremble in fear when faith could help us stand. We struggle to endure when Christ offers the gift of longsuffering.
God’s promises are exceedingly great and precious. Grab them. Claim them for your life.
Don’t limit God. The Lord of the impossible is waiting for you to call on His name. Will you call on Him now?
– Jason Mitchener is an author, artist, songwriter, speaker, and aspiring screenwriter. You can find out more about him at http://www.JasonMitchener.com or read his personal development blog at http://www.forwardhabit.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @jasonmitchener.