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During the reign of King Joram in the northern tribes of Israel, and the reign of King Jehoshaphat in the southern tribes of Judah, the people of Moab rebelled against King Joram. They refused to continue paying tribute to Israel. Joram asked Jehoshaphat to help him fight the Moabites.
King Jehoshaphat agreed, and along with men from Edom, the three armies set out against Moab. They traveled in the wilderness for seven days and ran out of water for themselves and their animals. With no water, Jehoshaphat suggested they consult God’s prophet Elisha to find out what they should do.
When they got to Elisha, he snarled at King Joram, and told him to go consult the pagan prophets of his parents. Finally, Elisha was persuaded to help, only because King Jehoshaphat was there.
After praying to God for direction, Elisha told the men to dig trenches in the dry valley to hold water the LORD would send. They wouldn’t see the rain, but the valley would be filled with water, nonetheless.
The men dug. God provided.
Sometimes, it may seem as if our lives are one big dry valley. Nothing is growing. It all seems like a parched barren wasteland. That’s how it was for Joram and Jehoshaphat. Before the rain fell, the men had to dig trenches to hold the promised water. Providing the rain was an easy task for God. Before he provided for their need, however, the men had to do their part first.
Could it be that during our dry valley times there is something God wants us to do first in preparation for his blessings? An attitude or habit which needs tweaked? Attention which needs to be spent in a certain area? Willingness to step out in faith to what God’s calling us to?
Elisha consulted God for direction. We need to do the same. Once direction is received, it’s time to get to work. We must dig the trenches in preparation for God’s rain to fill in our drought-stricken valleys.
Where have you seen God fill in your trenches?
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He said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Make this valley (the Arabah) full of trenches.’ For thus says the Lord, ‘You will not see wind or rain, yet that valley will be filled with water, so you and your cattle and your other animals may drink. This is but a simple thing in the sight of the Lord; He will also hand over the Moabites to you. 2 Kings 3:16-18 (AMP)
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I like this example from Scripture that reminds us that God may be asking us to work on something in our lives–digging a trench! I’m so thankful He continues to grow us through His wisdom!
Absolutely, Kathy. We need to do our part, and he does the rest.