You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
When one sins, that is, when one aims, shoots and misses the target, one feels frustration and, most probably, also shame of not being able to achieve the objective. To be successful at hitting the target requires three things: a steady hand, adequate training and talent to make the most of the weapon being fired. The steady hand is equivalent, in the Christian life, to steadfastness in faith and character. The apostle James said: “the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” How well could one aim if one fluctuates every moment of one’s life? Secondly, adequate training is the process of sanctification that God achieves in the lives of their children by means of trials and exposure to increasingly difficult challenges in order to strengthen us. Or, as the apostle Peter said: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Finally, the talent for using the weapon is equivalent to the capacity ─talents and gifts─ given to us by the Holy Spirit of God for the service of others. The apostle Paul said: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” In another place he says: “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it…. to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” I hope this apostolic illustration will guide you when you have to face the enemy’s attacks. Every victory achieved is a step forward in the way of justice and truth in which God has placed us. Hit the target! To God alone be the glory!