On Target Devotional

On Target

Julia Bettencourt

Posted May 20, 2015


My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.  Job 29:20

Arrows seem to be really popular in graphics and images today.  We see them on chalkboard art and in home decor and just about everywhere. The Hunger Games movies have probably made arrows a little more popular too.

Let's take a look at Job 29:20 where Job says, "...my bow was renewed in my hand."  What does a bow do?  It shoots arrows of course and you have to have strength to shoot an arrow.  Sure, shooting arrows requires accuracy and good aim but ultimately it requires strength to pull back on the bow.

Living the Christian life requires strength too.  We cannot do it on our own.  We have to depend upon the Lord to draw our strength from.  We need that fellowship with Him and have to rely on Him to build us up and to help us wield our arrows through life.

So how do we keep that strength renewed in our hands?  I think the parts of an arrow can help us.


There are four parts.



1   Fletching


The fletching is that feathery part of an arrow.  It is used to provide a little force to stabilize the arrow as it flies through the air.

What are we using for our "fletching"?  What stabilizes us as Christians?   It has got to be the Word of God.  Nothing else can ground us more and help us as we fly through life.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12


2   Arrowhead


The next part of the arrow is the arrowhead.  It is the point at the end of an arrow.  The type of arrowhead an arrow has attached depends on the purpose for which it is used.

What is our purpose as Christians?  It should be to live for Christ and bring others to Him.  We are ambassadors for Christ.  The passage in 2 Corinthians 5 talks about this.

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.  2 Corinthians 5:15

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.  2 Corinthians 5:20



3   Noch


The noch is at the backend of the arrow.  It is the little cut out spot that you insert onto the string into before you shoot the arrow.  It holds the arrow in place while you take your aim and draw the bow.

What keeps us in place?  I think our prayer life can do that.  Spending time in prayer helps us build our relationship to Christ and helps us increase our faith.  I find, especially as I get older, that prayer steadies me.  I don't know how I would cope with life without being able to go to the Lord in prayer.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16


4   Shaft 


The shaft of an arrow is that long part.  It is what the other elements of an arrow are attached to.

Salvation is our shaft.  Salvation is what we build upon as a Christian.  We have to have that in place first.  Accepting Christ is key before we can build a relationship with Him and begin going about serving Him.  We have to have our salvation settled.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  John 1:12



Conclusion:

I know I am constantly in need of having my bow "renewed" as I go about my daily life.  I have to rely on God's strength in order to function.  I find myself down, weary, and just about to give up when I don't depend on the strength of the Lord.

I want to be able to go through life with my aim in the right direction and I can only do that when I fellowship and walk closely to the Lord.

Maybe you aren't attached to the shaft.  You haven't accepted Christ for your salvation.  I urge you to make that decision.  Only through Christ can your life take on direction and meaning.

I think sometimes it is good to stop and reflect what we are living for.  Are we grounded in the Word so that we shoot through life with force?   What type of arrow point do we have?  Are we dull and blunt?  What kind of an impact do we make?  Are we serving our purpose?  Are we staying on target in our Christian life?

I can remember going to camp when I was a kid and learning a little bit about archery.  I remember one of the things was to work on your stance.  How you stand when shooting an arrow is important.  That reminds me of the passage in Ephesians 6 about our Christian armor.  It is all about how we stand.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Ephesians 6:13

If you read on through that passage it describes several things that all revolve on how we should stand as Christians.

It all boils down to relying on Christ to stabilize us and keep us on target.  Look what it says in Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

So, is your bow being renewed in your hand?
 

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Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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