Steven Furtick — The Power of Preview
We're coming from a little bit of an unknown Scripture. This is not like "Stairway to Heaven" or a Led Zeppelin song that everybody knows. This is a deep track from the book of Kings 13:14-20. I want to read it quickly for you.
Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him.
He uses this expression that was used when Elijah was taken up to heaven. He was the prophet who preceded Elisha. He says, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" He didn't know what he would do as king if he didn't have the man of God giving guidance and strategy.
So he's weeping over an opportunity that is passing. Elisha, instead of giving him some sort of "Chicken Soup for the Kingly Soul" gives him a set of marching orders. He gives him something to do.
Most of us, if we would do what we already knew, could see victory in our lives. It's not a lack of knowledge a lot of times; it's a lack of courage or a lack of conviction. He understands that he has to get Jehoash, the king, to move out of apathy and to own the outcome and fight for himself. It's almost as if Elisha is saying, "Stop crying. Man up." Look at verse 15.
'Get a bow and some arrows. Take the bow in your hands.' When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king's hands.
Our theme, we said, was in verse 17.
'Open the east window,' and he opened it.
He wanted him to view the victory before he fought the battle. It's the power of a preview. I don't know about you, but I'm looking into my future with expectation and anticipation. I don't need any news network to define the future for me.
I have a preview of heaven's agenda for my life, and I'm pointing my expectation in the direction of my destiny, believing that the best is ahead. Touch somebody and say, "Your best is before you." Your best is not behind you.
The Devil is a liar. You have not seen your best days. The best is yet to be. Open the window. Stop staring at the wall. Stop thinking about what you lost. Get what you have left. Open the east window and shoot. Take the shot. "…and he shot."
He proclaimed, "The Lord's arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!" Everybody has an Aram. Everybody has a next battle to fight. Everybody has a keystone conquest that if you win this one it'll set you up for success in all of the other ones.
I don't know what your Aram is this year. It might be very, very practical, but he told him to aim at Aram. Don't run from it. Face it in faith, but don't put your eyes on Aram; put your eyes on the arrow flying over Aram.