DIG THE DITCHES
DIG THE DITCHES
2 Kings 3:9-26, 9 “So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom, and they marched on that roundabout route seven days; and there was no water for the army, nor for the animals that followed them. 10 And the king of Israel said, “Alas! For the Lord has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.”
11 But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here that we may inquire of the Lord by him?”
So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered and said, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.”
12 And Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13 Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.”
But the king of Israel said to him, “No, for the Lord has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.”
14 And Elisha said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you, nor see you. 15 But now bring me a musician.”
Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. 16 And he said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ 17 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, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’ 18 And this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand. 19 Also you shall attack every fortified city and every choice city, and shall cut down every good tree, and stop up every spring of water, and ruin every good piece of land with stones.”
20 Now it happened in the morning, when the grain offering was offered, that suddenly water came by way of Edom, and the land was filled with water.
21 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to bear arms and older were gathered; and they stood at the border. 22 Then they rose up early in the morning, and the sun was shining on the water; and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood. 23 And they said, “This is blood; the kings have surely struck swords and have killed one another; now therefore, Moab, to the spoil!”
24 So when they came to the camp of Israel, Israel rose up and attacked the Moabites, so that they fled before them; and they entered their land, killing the Moabites. 25 Then they destroyed the cities, and each man threw a stone on every good piece of land and filled it; and they stopped up all the springs of water and cut down all the good trees. But they left the stones of Kir Haraseth intact. However the slingers surrounded and attacked it.
26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew swords, to break through to the king of Edom, but they could not.
There was a situation of revolt against Jehoram the King of Israel and the King of Israel invited Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah. He also invited the King of Edom.
After seven days, the army of these three Kings ran into problems, there was no water.
The King of Judah asked for a Prophet and Elisha was mentioned.
The reputation of Elisha was that of service to his master. People are watching us, how we behave and this will lead to what they say about us.
Verse 12, “And Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.”
Further testimony to the life of Elisha was that he was in tune with the Spirit of God. The word of God was with him.
Elisha was reluctant because the King was a Baal worshipper like his father Ahab, yet he still brought the mercy of God on the situation.
Elisha said “This is what the Lord says, ‘MAKE THIS VALLEY FULL OF DITCHES’……..you will not see wind nor rain yet this valley will be filled with water and your cattle and your other animals will drink”.
This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord.
To begin to dig ditches when there was no sign of rain nor cloud nor wind was to step out in faith.
For them to dig ditches in the valley, they needed a team work of courageous and faith-driven people.
They started digging in anticipation, in hope, in faith. For you to see the miraculous happen in your life you must move from hearing the Lord, to speaking the Word and graduate to DOING OR ACTING ON THE WORD in faith.
It is at the point of unlikely instruction that the miraculous is triggered;
Naaman was told to wash in the Jordan.
Peter was told to let down the net after toiling all night.
Your OBEDIENCE is key to your breakthrough.
Your instruction holds the key to unlocking the padlock of your miracle.
HOW DO YOU DIG DITCHES
- Locate your WORD
- Act on the WORD
- Stay on it by faith
- Confess positively when you are digging ditches
- Discouragement may come, keep digging
- Mocking may come, keep digging
You need strength of mind to dig.
You need strength of purpose to dig.
You need the right tool to dig.