Elisha was beginning to get very sick and his time on Earth was coming to a close. Jehoash, King of Israel, went to see Elisha and cried out to him, “O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen of it!”
Jehoash was in desperate need for counsel because Hazael, the Syrian King, was marching towards Jerusalem to attack them. Jehoash tried bribing Hazael with gold and treasures but Hazael continued his journey towards him.
Jehoash knew the power of Elisha and knew that he had his own spiritual army of chariots and horsemen.
II Kings 6:16-17 (AMP)
16[Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them.
17Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Elisha begins to give Jehoash instructions; bring the bow and arrows. Then tells him to grasp the bow. When he grasps it, Elisha puts his hands over the king’s hands. As to anoint and bless him right before he’s ready to shoot the arrow.
Next, Jehoash opens the window that’s facing towards the East and shoots an arrow through it.
II Kings 13:17 (AMP)
17… And he said, The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Syria. For you shall smite the Syrians in Aphek till you have destroyed them.
This was great news! King Jehoash would win the battle against the Syrians.
Then he asks Jehoash to pick up the arrows and strike the ground. He does what Elisha says but… he strikes only three times and stops.
Did he get tired? Did he think three times was enough? I wonder how many arrows he had and why didn’t he strike all of them to the ground? Of course, we weren’t there and could only speculate what happened.
When we have goals, there is a beginning and an end. But how many of these are started to later be abandoned midway? There are several reasons why this may happen; our goals or circumstances may change, the energy is not there to continue, or we just plainly give up because it’s taking too long to complete the process.
The injustice we do to ourselves can be detrimental at times. When we’re walking in the “Will of God”, it’s imperative to begin and end everything that is asked from us.
II Kings 13:19 (AMP)
And the man of God was angry with him and said, You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck down Syria until you had destroyed it. But now you shall strike Syria down only three times.
Jehoash was so close to a complete victory; destroy them completely. But he came short of his blessing. He would only defeat them three times.
How many times do we come short of our blessing because we couldn’t hold on a little longer? Our impatience gets the best of us and we give up before we receive the overflow that God has promised us. Or we contend with what we have so far. Some of us may say, “This is better than nothing.” Not realizing that if we stick it out another day, another month or even another year, we would have full victory.
Joseph was a good example of paying attention to detail and fulfilling the prophecies.
Matthew 2:13 (AMP)
Now after they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, Get up! [Tenderly] take unto you the young Child and His mother and flee to Egypt; and remain there till I tell you [otherwise], for Herod intends to search for the Child in order to destroy Him.
Joseph heeded to the dream immediately and started their journey to Egypt by night. They remained in Egypt until the death of King Herod. When it was time to move again, Joseph had another dream to go back to Israel.
Matthew 2:20 (AMP)
And said, Rise, [tenderly] take unto you the Child and His mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.
Joseph was afraid because the son of Herod was ruling over the land of Judea and so he decides to reside in Galilee, which was a part of the land of Israel not under the jurisdiction of Archelaus.
Joseph obeyed every instruction that was given to him; Get up, Flee and Rise, Return! It didn’t matter how long each process took. Joseph didn’t move until God told him to move. He continued doing the last thing God instructed. Hence, fulfilling what God called him out to do. Could you imagine delaying from doing something the Lord has called us out for? How many souls we missed ministering to because we have another agenda? How many people missed a blessing because we weren’t where we had to be? How many people are suffering because we have something that they need to be healed? Whether it’s sharing our experience, have the resource, or just being a person they need to talk with, let’s be obedient to His soft voice when He calls us. Even if it seems impossible for you to do it, if He calls you to do it, just obey and get it done. You’ll never regret it when the Holy Spirit is nudging you to do something.