Just like Isaiah, God has hidden us in the shadow of His hand. He places us in His quiver to prepare us for that perfect moment when He will propel us into the next phase of our destiny. During that time of preparation, He makes us as a polished shaft. This picture of us being arrows in God’s quiver is powerful.
God trains us for the purposes He has for us. He sharpens us as a mighty weapon in His hands. We are His instruments. He does not hit the mark; the arrow does. God polishes the shaft so the arrow doesn’t miss hitting the mark with precision. It cannot be warped or misaligned. If the shaft is crooked, the arrow is useless. It has little value if the head is dull and unable to pierce. First the wood of the shaft has to be sanded and straightened. Then it is anointed with oil to be softened. At that point it can receive the tip and is ready.
The quiver is the place of rest where patience and trust is learned. Right before it is thrown, the arrow has to be totally still with no disturbances. Paul was hidden in the quiver for 14 years, Joseph 13, Moses 40, Joshua 40, David 30 and Jesus 30. When it’s time for the shaft to be launched, there is a shift. What God has purposed for us will come to pass. Let’s be still today and know that He is God, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 49:2 “And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me.”
When we encounter situations where others are in the midst of a quarrel, disagreement or any other type of dispute: we are to be peacemakers. We do not take any side, act angry or pick up someone else’s offense.
Proverbs tells us that the one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own, is like one who takes a dog by the ears. The ears of a dog are short and hard to be held so they are tender. The dog doesn’t like for them to be pulled and tugged by someone he doesn’t know. It’s risky for a man to hold on to the ears of a dog because he runs the risk of being bitten. It is so with someone who interferes in a quarrel, He may be bitten by one of the contending parties. When the Spirit of God leads us to minister to those in the midst of a quarrel, it’s to bring peace as a representative of the Lord. We must beware of others trying to pull us into their disagreements so we will side with them without knowing the whole picture. The only side we ever take is the third side, God’s side.
Blessed are the peacemakers. We pursue peace and look for opportunities for the Holy Spirit to pour out His peace in every situation, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 26:17 “He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.”
Fear is used by the enemy to hinder our walk of faith. As we learn to stand by faith, we recognize the different ways fear attempts to grip our souls. We begin to know the freedom we have to draw near to God, and we trust Him to help us and uphold us with His right hand.
Fear of what is happening, of what may happen, or of what has happened is often a reaction to what we may think we see or know in the natural. Fear to do, to speak up, to fail, or to be rejected pertains to what occurs in us. As we are free from the fear to, the fear of diminishes. There may be fears we are not aware of that are connected to our past and can be triggered by inconsequential things. Suddenly what is small brings huge anxiety and unreasonable fear. Fear is faith in the worst outcome, and it is conquered when we put our faith in who we are in Christ.
When we are near to God, there is no fear. To remain in a place of peace, our aim must be to come closer and closer to Him. We are in Christ — and in Him there is salvation, righteousness and abundant life. We receive His help by faith, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 41:10-13 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
There are two emotional trips the enemy delights in for the children of God: the guilt trip and the power trip. We call them trips because satan’s plan is to take us away from the path we are on by leading us astray. At times, others may be on trips and they try to pull us into theirs. We must remain on our own course. Boundaries are important when we are following the directions of the Lord.
Self-condemnation leads us into a guilt trip. We take responsibility for some situations where we had no control. We keep thinking on the what if and the if only. Regrets bring sorrow and grief. Self-glorification leads to a power trip; we are too proud of what we have done and are prideful. It’s legalistic, self-righteous and glorifies self instead of God. Whether it’s the bad or the good things we focus on, it’s a stumbling block in the midst of our path.
The Lord knows how to bring us back onto the right path, His. With love and care He picks us up from the middle of the wrong road and removes us from our own ways. He leads us on a glory trip, guiding us from glory to glory!
Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.”
Do we see ourselves as grasshoppers or giants? If we see ourselves as grasshoppers, that is how others will see us. The way we see ourselves is expressed through our actions, and it either helps or hinders the confidence we portray that we have in God.
When the spies went in to look at the Promise Land, they encountered a land flowing with milk and honey and brought back beautiful, huge grapes. The people rejoiced seeing the grapes and concluded it was a beautiful land. The report of ten of the spies said there were giants in the land and that in comparison to them, they were grasshoppers. Is there a problem we are facing that appears to be a giant on our land? Compared to the giant, Christ, who dwells in us– they are all grasshoppers.
A singer is a singer before they make an album. A writer is a writer before a book is published. We are anointed by God to do what He calls us to do before we walk in its manifestation. What are we saying we are? We never should see ourselves as grasshoppers, but as giants in God. We have to know and believe it from glory to glory!
Numbers 13:33 “ ‘There we saw the giants’ (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); ‘and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.’ ”