And the angel said unto them, "Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all people."
For thus saith the Lord, “Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye and your cattle and your beasts.” (2 Kings 3:17)
When I see this verse it reminds me of the reality that impossible becomes possible once God is in it. And, usually in situations like that, your hands are completely tied. You can’t do it on your own and it’s all up to God to get it done.
King Ahab, the king of Israel was dead and his son Jehoram reigned in his place. When his father was alive, Masha, king of Moab would pay tribute to king Ahab giving him a hundred thousand lambs and the wool from a hundred thousand rams. However, when king Ahab died, the king of Moab decided to rebel against Israel. When this was made known to king Jehoram, he decided to go to battle against king Mesha and asked Jehoshaphat, king of Judah to join with him. The king of Edom also joined with them to battle. As they journeyed through the wilderness of Edom, they realised that they had no water for their men or for the animals with them. They therefore sent for the prophet Elisha to enquire of the Lord on their behalf. With the help of a minstrel, the Lord responded and instructed them to fill the valley with ditches. The Lord then filled the valley with enough water for them and their animals. (2 Kings 3:1-17, 20)
Immediately what comes to mind is the fact that God provides what we need when we need it. I am always in awe of the fact that God is a Master of the impossible. He informed them that they would not see how it would happen yet the valley would be filled with water. All they had to do was obey His instruction - fill the valley with ditches. Sometimes, obedience can be a difficult thing especially when what we are being asked to do doesn’t make any sense. God was simply telling them of course to prepare for the miracle yet there was nothing in nature that indicated how this would happen. There were probably no rain clouds in the sky, no signs at all that indicated where the water might come from. Sometimes, God just wants us to trust Him even when everything around us is suggesting that we should not. God’s ways and thoughts are truly higher than ours and when He gives an instruction, it is sometimes completely outside of our human understanding. Yet, this is where the trust comes in. It’s easy to trust, when we can clearly see how it will all work out, when we can see what or who God may use. But, when our eyes can’t see and our ears can’t hear any clue of God’s leading, it can be difficult to trust Him.
As I said earlier, God provides what we need when we need it. God allowed them to pass through that wilderness knowing that they would need water. It can be so like God to allow us sometimes to take difficult paths, paths that He knows would put us in a position to have to cry out to Him for help. The nice thing is that when we do cry out to Him, He is right there waiting with the answer we need. God never takes us along a path that would destroy us. Although it could, He knows that He is right there on that same path, waiting to serve us, waiting to deliver us, waiting to strengthen us, waiting to provide exactly what we need to make it through. God is interested in building relationship with us. What He allows us to go through is never in vain, there is always a purpose behind it. He wants us to experience HIM for ourselves - His provision, His love, His care, His ability to enable us to make it successfully through the most impossible of situations. God is still a personal God!
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour, I encourage you to do so today. Life will take us along difficult and sometimes unexpected paths. But God has promised never to leave us nor forsake us and He will be right there on those paths with us. We are never alone. Our God is there encouraging us, providing for us, keeping us...
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