Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. 19 The man of God was angry with him and said, “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 13:18-19)
How striking and powerful is the message contained in these words! King Joash of Israel thought he had done pretty well when he “struck three times and then stopped.” It seemed like a special act of faith for him, but the Lord and the prophet Elisha were deeply disappointed in him because he had stopped halfway.
Yes, he got something, in fact he got quite a bit – just what he had believed from God based on his analysis. Yet Joash did not get all that Elisha thought he should have or that the Lord wanted to give him. He did not know much about the meaning of the promise and the fullness of the blessing. He received more than any man could have offered him, but he did not receive God’s best.
Dear believer, how sobering is the truth in this story! How important it is that we learn to pray deeply about our situations and fully search our hearts to understand what message God is giving us. Otherwise, we will never receive the fullness of His promise and all the possibilities that prayer offers. A.B. Simpson.
But to God, who according to the power working in us can accomplish immeasurably more than we can ask or even think, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever to all generations! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
In no other place does Paul use such superlatives as “immeasurably more.” Every word is filled with God’s infinite love and power to “act” for praying believers. Yet here is the next limitation, “according to the power that worketh in us.” He will do for us as much as we allow Him to do within us. The same power that saved us, washed us with His blood, filled us with His Holy Spirit and protected us in many temptations, works for us to make us be able to face any danger, crisis, situation, or enemy. The Alliance.
Excerpt from L.B. Cowman’s book “Streams in the desert”.