“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 money...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.
|"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 "...in 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.
|Now, LET'S Start DIGGIN'!!! :)|
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. :)