Half of a whole weapon an archer uses. The projectile of a marksman, someone who knows the wild, knows the purity of the wilderness. Archery has grown into a commercialism sport, but the true nature, someone whose bow was an extension of him or her, a true skill that takes years to master. The arrow, a shafted projectile with a tip or a broad head, fletching or feathers, under many circumstances able to puncture leather armor or chainmail. Ancient Egyptians used bows, and even then the bow most likely predates 3500 BC. Archery is a skill of peace, peace with yourself. Being able to center yourself, control your breathing, your surroundings must be apart of you. You should be able to feel the air, feel the wind, feel the bowstring, feel the feather on the arrow, feel how tight the string is, and then release. Yes I discussed some of this in a recent blog. However, in this blog we’ll discuss the arrow itself.
A single arrow can be broken, but a bundle is stronger. An arrow fired can start a war, or end one. An arrow is only as good as the person shooting it. An arrow is sharp and when used properly it can be used to feed the masses, or for protection, but always to be fired straight and true. The word of the Lord can be used for both. Those who pervert the word who use it for their own personal gain. The wolves in sheep’s clothing, the false profits. The light and the dark.
Lets break down the whole concept, the archer is the master tool for the Lord. The bow is the Holy Spirit, that which gives us the power. The sights of the bow are the vision needed to walk the righteous path of Christ. The arrow is the purpose brought forth by God. An archer’s quiver represents the heart, a place where Gods purpose is kept. As an archer, we use the arrows to always hit our target. Pastors are often attuned to the needs of their flock. When sitting in the church during a sermon have you ever felt that a sermon was written just for you? That the pastor was talking directly to you? The Arrows of Truth that are shot directly to your heart.
God is not the only trainer of archers. Ephesians 6:16 “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” Make no mistake we are at war. Every day the Devil is trying to lie and deceive you. Every day the Devil shoots his arrows of half-truths, lies and temptations. Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” God sent his Son to level the playing field. To uphold a promise to have his chosen people saved from eternal death, but with free will, the battle for souls still continues. Those of us who choose a life of ministry, pastors, evangelists, counselors, etc, must know how to use the full arsenal given to us in the Bible. Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Stand firm with the Armor and hold fast with your bow. Every day you have a chance to fire the arrows into the hearts of those around you. Every day there is an arrow within your quiver that has a name on it, and it’s up to you as a Christian to use the weapons God as given to you. Speak the truth, do not lie or deceive. Honor yourself and fight for something larger then yourself. With all eternity at stake God will call you to be a soldier. I am an archer for Christ. Are you?