Last week I wrote about my teaching career and how God had prepared me to teach. I am taking every opportunity to teach that is offerend me, and I described it as being similar to Elisha strking the waters with the mantle of Elijah and seeing them part. When I teach, I am striking the waters and watching God move on my behelf. Well, perhaps He is moving more on behalf of the students. However I choose to view it, I see God helping me and I consider myself a blessed man.
But that's not all. I have started two radio shows in the last two years - one on the Internet and one on Saturday mornings on local AM radio. I am also preparing for a television show to go into production in September. I just sent my 14th book to press (it's an ebook) with plans for two more this year. My publishing efforts remind me of the story of Elisha on his deathbed:
Then he [Elisha] 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.” Elisha died and was buried (2 Kings 13:18-20).
It was symbolic in ancient times for the king to shoot an arrow into the land he was about to invade, indicating that the invasion and hostilities had begun. Elisha instructed the king to attack, but the king was a bit timid and did not want to 'overdo' the symbolic gesture. Little did the king know that his timidity would limit his effectiveness.
I want to strike the ground where media is concerned. I am working on a third radio show to begin some time this summer and recently put many of my audio messages on my website where others can listen. I want to strike the ground aggressively, and shoot my arrows into the 'air,' as many as I can get my hands on to shoot. I don't want to be like the king and stop short of what I am capable of doing, or rather of what God has empowered and directed me to do.
Is God directing you to shoot any arrows into your enemy's territory? If so, then keep shooting until He tells you to stop! In other words, don't stop yourself - let Him do that for you. If you are to write, then produce. If you are to compose, then do so with gusto. If you are to start a business, start the best business you can with what you have and where you are.
This is not time to be hesitant and passive where purpose and productivity are concerned. Be strong in Him and then start striking the waters and ground, and then watch God move on your behalf to bring you victory in those areas in which you have something that God wants you to do. Have a blessed week.
KENYA UPDATES: As usual, I have an update from Kenya. In that update, I mention that Alice has calculated that her monthly food cost per child is $41. Can you feed a child for a month? If so, please give through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Thank you and God bless you for helping the children of Kenya!