There’s a telling vignette in 2 Kings that should cause many of us to pause and reflect:
“Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”
Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” (2 Ki 13:17-19)
How easy it is to lose our enthusiasm for the hard work that God blesses us with. When have we served enough or loved enough or prayed enough?