In 2 Kings 3, the king of Moab decided to rebel against the king of Israel and withhold the tribute they were required to pay. As a result, the king of Israel, the king of Judah and the king of Edom joined forces to attack Moab.
Theoretically, they had great power with the combined forces of three kingdoms, but they still found themselves in a dire situation. After marching for seven days, they were without water for themselves or their animals. They had not sought the Lord before their venture and found themselves needing divine intervention.
Only one of them, Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, had the wisdom to seek help from the Lord. The three kings went to Elisha the prophet for his advice.
Elisha said to them, “This is what the Lord says: Make this valley full of ditches. 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. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also hand Moab over to you …”(2 Kings 3:16-18).
This short passage contains a treasure of wisdom for us today.
- Seek the Lord first in all your endeavors. Even the power of “kings” and all their resources are no match for the wisdom and power of the Lord.
- Follow the Lord’s instructions, even when they don’t make sense. In saying they would see neither “wind nor rain,” Elisha was saying to them, “You are not going to see how the Lord is going to work this out. You will only see the end result.” Likewise, we cannot afford to lean on our own understanding
- What the Lord has purposed to do will happen: The provision will come and the solution to the problem will be made know. The things we are worried about are “easy things in the eyes of the Lord.” All of them. Easy.
“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” –Psalms 9:10
Written by Candace Gray, senior executive director of Northeast Texas for Buckner Children and Family Services.