Dear Friends 

 

A very short word and a very simple thought this month:

There is a curious incident that comes right at the end of Elisha the prophet’s life. He is speaking to the faithless king of Israel, to whom God is still showing mercy in spite of everything, and tells him to pick up a bow and some arrows . . . 

Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped.  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) 

The implication is that the king didn’t really believe God could do that much. Something, sure, but not a great deal. And by believing only a little, how he missed out. 

The word of God is sometimes like a mirror held up before us, and reading this made me take a look and ask myself, how much do I believe and trust God? In particular, considering the enormity of the task facing us with reordering St John’s, how much do I believe? Do you, like me, find yourself reasoning, “Of course I know that God can do this, but can he really do that?” And so I found myself praying that I would be a six-times-ground-striker, and not a three-times-only one. 

Will you pray the same? 

 

Your brother in Christ 

Philip