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All or Nothing

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

Late last year I read a book that pointed me to a section in 2 Kings that I have skimmed over many times without giving much attention to it. The passage is 2 Kings 13:14-20. Elisha goes to visit the king of Israel, Jehoash, he was not one of the good kings. The king was concerned about an upcoming battle. Elisha told him to open the east window and shoot, he shot. Elisha told him to strike the ground, he struck the ground three times. Elisha got angry and told him, “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.”

Striking the ground in biblical times was shooting your arrows into the ground. Elisha never told him how many times to strike the ground, but he did it multiple times. He did not stick with it until he was told to stop. Jehoash missed out on the blessings of defeating Aram because he didn’t follow through until he was given a different direction. The book of 2 Kings is about going wholeheartedly after whatever God has asked you to do. This means following through because it is His will and it will be for the kingdom, even if it isn’t the popular thing to do.

How many times do we do the minimum of what we are asked to do by God? God wants us to go all out for Him until he gives us a different direction or task. How many times have we missed out on the blessings he has in store for us because we didn’t follow through with the task we were given? We may have stopped because it was easier, or we wanted to go in a different direction because we thought we knew best.

I can look back over various times and events in my life and see that I have gone all out for what I want and what I believe is best. Since I read this book late last year, I have started to pay more attention to the tasks that I have been given. Asking for confirmation before starting on a new path, because I know that I will be on this path until I am told to do something different. Listening intently for a command to stop and change direction. This has brought more peace to my life in the past several months than I knew was possible. I have been given the freedom to not worry about specific things. I know this is what I am supposed to be doing until I am told differently. I am seeing this peace and confidence as blessings that I would have missed out on if I had tried to force certain things to happen or not happen.

Here are a few closing questions to ask yourself: How often do you go all out? Are you more likely to do this for God, your job, your family or for yourself? What are the blessings are you missing out on because you are not striking the ground with ALL of your arrows like you were told to do?


Mamie Kester has lived in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for 21 years. She has been a follower of Christ since early childhood. Married to Mitchell, they have two girls, aged 17 and 11. She is a small business owner and a project manager/electrical engineer at a consumer products company.


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