Take Aim, Take Action, Take Him Down
December 22, 2020 By Chelsie Boynton
Focus Scripture: 2 Kings 13:17 “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.”
Encouragement: A lot of times when we know we are going to lose someone whether it be a parent, sibling, spouse, friend, or mentor we become afraid of how we will live life without them. How will I handle all these things that we handled together, on my own? I'm not ready to do this without you, and I need you to tell me what to do. That's what Joash was going through. He was asking Elisha; how do I do this without you? How do I win this war on my own?
So, Elisha, doing what most loved ones would do…he tells him. In Verse 15 Elisha told Joash, “Get a bow and some arrows.” And he did. He then tells Joash to take the bow in his hands and then in verse 17 Elisha tells Joash to open the east window and shoot. And when he shot the arrow, Elisha declared it was the arrow of victory over Aram.
He tells him to open the east window and then he tells him to shoot. You have to take aim before you can take action. Israel was going to be attacked on all sides but Elisha tells him “Focus on one window at a time.” Focus on one battle at a time. Aram isn't going to be your only battle, it's just your next battle. Take aim and focus.
Once you take aim, it’s time to take action. Elisha didn't get the bow and arrows for Joash, he didn't open the window, and he didn't shoot for him, but he knew Joash could do it. He knew Joash was capable because they had spent years together and as the years passed Elisha had been watching him, training him, teaching him, and guiding him. Sometimes we think that when our loved ones are leaving us, they’re taking all that knowledge with them but what we fail to realize is that they’ve been pouring it into us all this time. We have to learn to trust ourselves and more importantly…trust in God. Elisha knew that it was time for Joash to learn to depend on God.
You will completely destroy the enemy. You will completely destroy anything that’s coming against you. You will completely destroy any chaos that’s trying to erupt in your life. Because you will have the victory. Elisha is telling Joash, “this thing you don’t think you can do without me, God has already done for you.” The key to winning this war is to know it’s already won. Focus on the arrow, not the Aram.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the people you have placed in our lives that have helped guide us to victory. Though these people may not be with us anymore, the lessons they’ve taught us are forever in our hearts. Thank you for your Word that remains true despite being in a world that is often confusing. Lord, there are days when we want to give up because the enemy seems too big. But help us to remember that he’s not too big to overcome, he’s too big to miss. And that with Your power, we can take aim, take action, and take him down. I ask
that You continue to bless everyone on this call and surround us with Your favor. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
Reflection: When you’re facing a battle, you don’t think you can overcome and the enemy is moving in on you from every side, remember these three things. Take aim, take action, and know that you’ve already won. The enemy uses a lot of things in this world to make us believe otherwise, but go forward knowing that you will completely destroy his plan.