Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Tuesday, September 13, 2022



Text: “And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands. And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD’S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.” – 2 Kings 13:16, 17.

Comment: When Elisha was fallen sick of the sickness from which he died, Joash the king of Israel came to see him.  The man of God then instructed him to open the window eastward and shoot, telling him he would smite the Syrians till he had consumed them. But when he told the king to smite the arrows upon the ground, he shot three times and stopped. This angered the man of God who told him, “Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.” (2 Kings 13:16-19) The prophecy came to pass as the king “took again out of the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel.” – 2 Kings 13:25.


It has been said that some people fail to push themselves to attain the full potentials God has endowed them with. One should positively motivate oneself in order to achieve optimum results as negative motivation could jeopardize the achievement of goals. The Christian does not rest on his oars but continues to reach out for new heights in his Christian vocation and entrepreneurial drives. St. Paul stated, “… but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…” – Philippians 3:12-14.