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A Time to Dig Ditches

Scripture reading for April 10th: 2nd Kings 1-3

Is there anything too hard for the Lord?  We often think that we are in such a hard place that nothing or no one can help us.  It is easy at times like this to give in to negative thinking and complaining.  Attitudes, however,  are so important to faith!  We who know the Lord must keep control of our attitudes in the midst of trouble in order to see the salvation of God.  That’s what is going on in our reading today!

The Moabites had rebelled against the new King of Israel, Joram.  King Joram had asked the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, and the king of Edom to help him.  They decided to travel through the desert of Edom to attack.  After a seven day march without water, their animals and the men were dry.  King Joram got negative and started to complain. (2nd Kings 3:8-11)  King Jehoshaphat wisely asked for a prophet of the Lord to ask of God directions.  Elisha the prophet was with the armies and came forward.

King Joram again complained that the Lord was bringing them out there to die and Elisha was disgusted with him.   However, because of a godly king, Jehoshaphat, Elisha asked for a harpist and then began to prophesy.  “This is what the Lord says:  You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water and you and your cattle and other animals will drink.  This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; He will also hand Moab over to you…” (2nd Kings 3:16-18)

By faith they began to dig in the desert!  By the next morning, water filled the ditches!  It was an easy thing for the Lord!  Water flowed in the desert and the morning sun made it look like rivers of blood to the Moabites.  They attacked and were soundly beaten by the three kings as the prophet had said!  (2nd Kings 3:24-27)

Faith comes by hearing the Word of the Lord.  Our attitude can stop up the hearing of God’s word if we are not careful.  We must not become drunk on the circumstances, but seek God in all circumstances.  He can make a way in the desert and bring water from hidden resources.  Nothing is too hard for the Lord when we trust Him as our source!  We have to do the digging after the seeking!

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