“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.” Charles R. Swindoll
Dig Trenches of Faith
He said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Make this valley full of trenches.’ “For thus says the Lord, ‘You shall not see wind nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, both you and your cattle and your beasts.’
2 Kings 3:16
The above chapter is written about the king of Israel who set out to war against his enemy with the alliance of the kings of Judah and Edom. After an exhausting roundabout march of seven days, their army faced a trying situation of having no more water for both themselves and their animals.
Knowing that their hopeless situation would either lead them to die of thirst or deliver them into the hands of their Moabite enemies, they consulted the prophet Elisha, to inquire of the Lord.
In 2 Kings 3:2, even though the king of Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord, because he allied himself with King Jehoshaphat to war against his enemy, he benefitted from the prophet Elisha’s counsel and prophetic guidance. This is an example of how even the wicked and ungodly fare better when they associate and align themselves with those who fear God.
We also see how, as a result of this godly association, when the three kings’ faith was tried, they obeyed the man of God by making the valley full of pits with an expectation to receive water. Their obedience and faith brought about a supernatural filling the next morning when water flowing from Edom filled the land with water.
A great lesson can be learnt from this chapter of God’s word. Even when we are surrounded by what appears to be barren, dry, sick, defective and needy, we must dig trenches of faith in expectation of the showers of blessings that will bring healing and provision to the land, as in the valley of Baca.
I come to You in Jesus’ precious name. I thank You for the promises that I receive each day. I sincerely seek You for the dew of grace that will fill every valley of need with pools of water. Amen.
God bless you,
Theo & Manju