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.”