Steven Furtick — The Power of Precision
The Scripture I want to use for this series as a window into the principles I believe God wants to teach us is in 2 Kings 13.
I don't know if you've ever heard this Bible story. It's a little bit obscure, but sometimes it's in the stuff you skip over in the Bible that God can speak to you in a fresh way, because you don't think you know it already. This would be a little story that I bet a lot of us have never really studied, and it's going to give us, as I said, a window into the way God works in our lives over the next few weeks.
I'm excited about it. I preached this passage in the year around the world. I never preached it in our church. I'm glad I didn't, because when I was preaching it in other places I was skimming the surface, but as I've been studying it, I've been seeing some things that are very significant and relevant to our lives and the season we're in and the opportunities God is calling us to seize. So I want to share this Scripture with you in 2 Kings 13, verse 14.
Rock Hill, are y'all doing okay today? Matthews. I saw our University City location; Lake Norman; Melbourne, Florida; Roanoke, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Toronto, Canada; Uptown; Charlotte; Gaston County; Concord; Blakeney; and Ballantyne. We have a full house at Ballantyne, and when I say "full house," I don't just mean no empty seats; I mean this place is full of expectation.
"Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him..."
He went down to see him because he wouldn't be around much longer. The window was closing. Elisha was the seer for the nation of Israel, and it was his sight, his divine insight, that gave them their victories, and he's dying. The king, who has just newly been crowned, wants to see the prophet, to see the seer one more time before the window of opportunity closes.
How many know all opportunities are not created equal, and every opportunity has an expiration date? He wants to hear the word of the Lord from Elisha one time before the window closes. So he went down to see him, which was uncommon for kings to do, but he was in a desperate situation. Sometimes it takes a desperate situation to drive you to God for guidance.
We haven't heard from Elisha the prophet in a couple of decades, but the window is closing. He's weeping over the loss of this great prophetic figure. He cries out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" "What are we going to do without you?" he seems to be saying. "It wasn't our troops that won the battles; it was the Word of God through you that brought us the victory, and we don't know what we'll do without you."
Elisha said, "Get a bow and some arrows." God is about to teach you how to fight, how to fight battles on a spiritual level. You've been fighting on a physical level. That's why you've been losing. That's why you've been tired.
The prophet said, "Get a bow and some arrows," and he did so. Then he told him, "Take the bow in your hands." He said to the king of Israel to take a bow and some arrows. "When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king's hands." He gave him guidance, divine guidance from the man of God.