November 5, 2010

To Dig or Not to Dig~A Question of Faith.

“And he said, Thus says the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus says the Lord, You shall not see wind, neither shall you see rain yet that valley shall be filled with water, that you may drink, both you, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: He will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.” 
2 Kings 3:16-18 (KJV)

One of my favorite "old" devotionals is Charles H. Spurgeon's "Faith's Checkbook."  Today's particular devotion has been a favorite of mine, since 2001.  Bryan was out of work from a ruptured disc, and awaiting back surgery.  We had two "itty bitty" children, ages "nearly 3 and almost 1"---and no paycheck coming in..whatsoever!   Our youngest needed baby formula, and we didn't even have enough money to buy a container of formula.  After reading the above-mentioned verses in the devotional, we prayed and "dug the trenches," having faith that God would fill them, somehow..  Next day arrived, and nothing out of the ordinary happened, and I remember as the sun was setting, with no "sign of water" in the "trenches," just wondering, but still trusting.   The phone rang, and it was Bryan's dispatcher, who has since passed away.  He called and asked if he could stop by.  He came by and said, "You know, I thought that maybe you might like to get out of the house sometime and go to Wal-Mart." (He had given us several boxes of groceries a few weeks before.)   He continued, "I got to thinking that maybe I've not brought something that you need, and it would do you some good to just get out of the house a while."   He handed us a gift card to Wal-Mart.   Bryan and I both began to cry.  We shared with him how we needed baby formula, and had prayed just the day before for the Lord to provide somehow.  Bryan's dispatcher was unsaved at the time, but he was a tool in God's hands to provide for us. . . and we were able to share this with Bryan's boss, and later led him to the Lord before he passed away in 2006.

Anyway, ever since then, I can look back, and remember how God brought us through, when we literally had NOTHING, except of course, TWO little children who looked to us for their daily needs.  I've often considered the verses in Deut. as God's promise for meeting our PHYSICAL, MATERIAL needs. All we have to do is "dig the trenches,"  trust Him---and prepare for Him to unload His provision for our daily needs.  
"Give us this day our DAILY bread."

However, this week, even though economy has pinched our wallets, pockets, and everything, AGAIN, and the pressure of the "upcoming holidays" and "birthdays" loom in the not-so-distant future, the Lord opened my eyes to something else:  

Have you ever felt you were in a wilderness?  A "dry spot"---maybe even a place of non-blessing? ?  Perhaps you'd wandered off into a "wilderness" away from fellowship with the Lord?   Trials brought you in to the valley of discouragement, and you'd run dry??   Take heart!!   In verses 7 and 8, King Joram asked Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, to go with him to fight Moab.  When Jehoshaphat agreed, King Joram asked, "Which way shall we go up?" and the reply was:  "The way through the wilderness of Edom." 

I don't see how ANY OF THIS can be a "Means" for a blessing  ?? 

Does your wilderness seem to be a way "UP" ? ? ?  Probably not!    They were going UP to fight a battle.   Our tests and trials are a BATTLE, but they WILL take us UP~~to the One Who can FIGHT and WIN our battles for us.  

We've been TOLD to DIG trenches...and SEE that HE will provide WATER.  This is not only for our physical needs, but our SPIRITUAL~~We NEED to be FILLED with the Living Water, the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT, in order to WIN ANY BATTLE, or do ANYTHING for the Lord!  We must be completely EMPTIED of ourselves in order to PREPARE for the FILLING of the Holy Spirit, THE Living Water.   They did dig the trenches~~but before that, they had to BE THIRSTY?  ARE YOU?  If so....Have YOU dug the "trenches?"  Are you PREPARING for a BLESSING from above??  We tend to wait for Him to bless us, and think that "Once we see the blessed Rain begin to fall~~THAT's when we'll prepare to receive the blessing."  NOT SO with FAITH!!  You and I must dig, prepare, and then BELIEVE He will bless.  . . Even in the dry wilderness~~The "Land of NO HOPE."   (See, He's not telling us to get out the shovels in order to bury us!)  There IS hope!!!   ;o)

Are we ready for a blessing from ABOVE??
The key is what do we do each morning?   Verse 20 says " the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water."   How can WE offer a meat offering to the Lord each morning, when HE HIMSELF has already become our Lamb?  We can take THIS very wilderness~ the discouraging, overwhelming trials (even our desire to be filled by His Holy Spirit), and offer them to Our Heavenly Father as a our meat offering!  That's when our trials, coupled with our humble spirits, offered up to Him as worship, becomes a sweet smelling savor to our Father.  As Spurgeon says, this is "Our Duty!"   The Divine Omnipotence has allowed this for our good, and now we can become a reflection of HIM by doing Our Duty: availing ourselves to HIS power! 

Are we a reflection of HIS power? 
Being STILL and being FILLED
by His power is the way to reflect HIM!

Are we willing to dig trenches?   What happens when I get squeezed into the midst of Divine Grace??  You see it don't you?  The word D.I.G.   Hmmm....Think I better go find me a shovel!   :)  The faith to dig is given to us by Divine Grace.  So let's get in the middle of it....and start digging!  Trust HIM for not only our daily material needs, but most of all for our SPIRITUAL need---to be emptied of ourselves and FILLED by His Living Water!! The Holy Spirit!  Moving water has POWER...has ENERGY!    Make no mistake, when the Holy Spirit moves, there is POWER....DIVINE Energy!   

OK...since He does say all we need is "Faith, the size
of a mustard seed,"  I'll accept it if you choose this size. 

I'm ready to start diggin'...
how 'bout you? 

What size shovel are YOU going to grab?  

But for me, I think I'll grab one of these:

Now, LET'S Start DIGGIN'!!!    :)

Dear Father, Thank You for revealing even DEEPER truths from the very same passage I've read every November 4th for years in my devotional today.  It's so easy, Father, to get BURIED by the troubles in life~be it financial, marital, emotional, physical---just to name a few!  But Father, You don't want us to be BURIED, but to be DIGGING~~Preparing the dry, dusty wilderness to be WATERED!  You can bring forth much fruit from even the driest of lands, Father.  Here we are, a thirsty people. . .but we come, shovels in hand, to start digging the ditches.  We trust FULLY that You can and WILL fill these empty, dried up trenches with everything we need to be a blessing to others, bearing fruit, MUCH fruit, for Your glory.  And You'll do it by using no "ordinary means" too!!
In Jesus' Name, Amen.

I encourage you to click on Faith's Checkbook and read the devotion by Charles H. Spurgeon.  I'm sure it will be a blessing to your heart!  November 4th's is the one I'm referring to.  :)


  1. Hey girl, so happy to hear from you! I knew when you came back you would blow us away with the Holy Spirit! WoW! this was soooo~ good; and I so needed to hear this, it really put some "pep in my step" this morning! gave me soooo... much to think about of what size shovel I need? or how deep to go. I Love Spurgeon's stuff, this reminded me that a girlfriend of mine gave me one of his devotional books yrs. ago, and I am going to "DIG" it out! Now how about that?? Love and Blessings to you for a wonderful ,spirit-filled, "digging" wk-end!!

  2. Love this post, I needed this. I need to start digging trenches! Husband does need a job....

  3. The wilderness experience never, ever seems
    to be a way up to me--but I know it is
    because all things, even in the dry
    wilderness, work together for my good.
    All God's plans and purposes for His own
    are good. He never fails to provide all
    we need to be brought through to victory.
    This was so good, Tammi.

  4. What a wonderful and encouraging post. The first story really brought a tear to my eye. Wonderful is our God! Thanks for motivating me to keep in diggin' my trenches!!!

  5. Tammi,
    A very touching story you shared. The Lord answered your family's prayer, and also a life was surrendered to Christ.
    Great touching, motivating post!
    Michele Katherine

  6. Dear friend, I've been missing you! This message is full with much to chew on and I'm thankful I was able to visit especially so that I could pray for you and your family once more.

    GOD is so faithful Tammi. His Hand is with you and your family as is His love.

    Love you.

  7. What an encouraging word you have shared here, sister...

    Digging...and trusting....

  8. Awesome testimony about the baby formula, God is so faithful.

  9. Tammi, I loved the Walmart story. I totally understand this too. I'm offering up my current trials as a meat offering to the Lord. Maybe I needed to be delayed to read this post because it was just what I needed to read today.

    I started working this past Monday at a private school working with 3-4 year olds. I'm so tired but love the children and the teachers and's a paycheck. Yay God!

    I miss you and pray for you. I also listened to your CD in my car this whole week. I have a 40 minute drive each way and you blessed me girl.

    Love you,

  10. Tammi, that’s an awesome story of God’s love for his kids! I like your thoughts about preparing for God’s blessings even before any sense of them just because we know He is God and He is good. I am reminded of the centurion soldier who asked Jesus to heal his son in Matthew chapter 8. Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” But the soldier said, “…but only speak the word, and my boy will be healed.” Even before he returned home to see his son he knew that his boy was well, that’s amazing and pleasing to God! Blessings.

  11. Hi Tammy,
    I hope you are having a good day; I also want to thank you for your encouraging words. I believe God has also placed you in your school for such a time as this. He will give you grace to be all that he is calling you to be; and the glory of your latter days will be greater than former.

    I just also wanted to thank you for your visit and gracious comment. Have a blessed week:)

  12. This is a beautiful and timely post for me to read. Thank you for sharing of the Lord's faithfulness in your life. It is encouraging to me today.

    God bless you.

  13. Tammi,what a powerful message. I have been going through My Utmost For His Highest all these years and this is the first I have heard of your devotional. I will be looking into reading it myself! I love the messages from the OT for us!

    I would love seven more copies of your cds. I gave away my last ones to single moms for a ministry event we did.


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