Reading through the Bible together
We should set high goals for God and His people. This was God’s expectation for Jehoash, King of Israel, but Jehoash did not take the Elisha’s words seriously. Instead of striking the ground often, he only struck it three times. What went through Jehoash’s mind?
He probably did not have enough faith in Elisha’s words. His father was defeated by King of Syria and he did not believe that his fate and destiny would be different. Often we do not have enough faith to see beyond where we are, especially future outlook is grim. God always wants us to see beyond the cloud, and in turn we will experience rewards of our faith.
Jehoash probably also did not consider defeating the Syrians as his top priority. Life had been the same since his father’s time, what could he do? Could he make any difference? Isn’t this also our mentality? We are reluctant to make changes, even though we realize changes are desperately needed. Changes require pain and courage, which is something many people rather not experience.
Ellen White’s comment regarding how we set goals should give us courage, “Remember that you will never reach a higher standard than you yourself set. Then set your mark high, and step by step, even though it be by painful effort, by self-denial and sacrifice, ascend the whole length of the ladder of progress” (COL 331).
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