Digging those Ditches

Get ready to dig!

God has been having lots of conversations with me about miracles. When we are involved in the everyday stuff of life we sometimes feel dry from within and that the rain from heaven will never fall. God informs us in the bible that we first have to believe and then prepare for miracles to happen. He uses us for his glory and Kingdom to fall here on earth.

Let us look at the prophet Elisha in 2 Kings chapter 3. The background is that the King of Moab rebelled against the King of Israel, who got the help from the King of Judah and the King of Edom. The three Kings decided to attack Moab through the desert, but along the way they ran out of water. As we know this happens a lot to the unfaithful people in the Old Testament.  What were they to do to avoid this pending doom? They asked if there was a prophet available. Enter the wonderfully experienced Elisha, who at this time was not particularly impressed with the unfaithful kings at this time, opened himself up to the Lord and this is what happened…

While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came on Elisha 16 and he said, “This is what the LORD says: “Make this valley full of ditches. 17 For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. 19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.”

20 The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.

The Lord asks his people to make this valley full of ditches. He wants us to have the faith and belief that the miracle of water will happen and he wants us to prepare for that miracle by digging our ditches. Proverbs 3:5 asks us to trust in God with all our heart and mind. Remember faith believes it, before it sees it. If we are prepared to dig those ditches, God will fill those ditches.

This reminds me of God’s next miracle, through Elisha in Chapter 4. Here Elisha encounters a widow, whose two sons have been placed in slavery because of debts. Elisha asks the widow to use the little amount of olive oil she has and to fill up as many jars with the olive oil as possible. The many jars were then sold to release her sons. As you can see from both miracles there is a theme that Elisha is following. Asking God’s people to do what they can, with what they have got, with a faith that believes that the miracle will happen.

We must expect God to fulfill those miracles in our lives. Wherever God has called us let us dig those ditches and expect them to be filled with the life saving water from heaven.

  • If we want to see growth dig some ditches
  • If we want to see transformation dig some ditches
  • What ditches are we digging to see God’s miracles in our lives?

How do we get from Inspiration to Implementation? Application: Believe and prepare for miracles

Thankyou God that you use your people in your plan. We want to be people that truly believes and prepares for those miracle to happen. Give us more energy, focus and faith to fill those ditches with your life saving water. Help us never to stop digging, never to stop believing and never to stop preparing. Amen

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