In a world full of chaos and fear, I find hope and comfort in the promises written in the stories from God's Word. Stories just like this one...
For thus says the Lord, ‘You shall not see wind or rain, but that streambed shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your livestock, and your animals.’ This is a light thing in the sight of the Lord.—2 Kings 3:17-18
I think we can all agree times are hard right now. We’re confused, isolated, and scared. The future of our country—of our world—is full of unknowns. Fear is something we all have in common. We’re in a battle to overcome disease and sickness. And we’re not quite sure when this will end.
But in times like this, I find that clinging to God’s promises eases the anxiety and gives me a fresh perspective.
As Brighton and I were reading our Bible this morning, we came across the above verses in Second Kings. They really stood out to me. I love to find verses of promise woven into a story. Then I can see why this promise was given and how it relates to us in our modern world.
But in times like this, I find that clinging to God’s promises eases the anxiety and gives me a fresh perspective. "
In this chapter of Second Kings, the countries of Israel, Judah, and Edom are about to go to war against Moab, a country who recently broke its alliances with Israel. They are on the defense, only going into battle in order to defend their lands.
The kings of these countries turn to the prophet Elisha, a man of God, to seek instruction and insight to the strategy they should take in battle. And this is where God gives them this promise. He promises to fill a valley full of water, without even bringing rain. This would provide water to drink for the kings and their armies and their animals.
And, as you read the rest of the chapter, the water God sends serves a double purpose. Not only does the water provide for Israel, but it also tricks the Moabites.
The Bible says in verse twenty-two that the Moabites see the water from the other side of the valley the next morning and it looks red as blood. They think it's red with blood because the kings of Israel, Judah and Edom turned on each other in the night and slew one another.
So the Moabites foolishly go into the camp of their enemies with their guard down, expecting immediate victory. But the Israelites surprise attack, force the Moabites back into their own country, and defeat them.
Now let’s go back to the promise in this chapter.
God promises to fill the streambed with water, and then the Bible says, “This is a light thing in the sight of the Lord.”
This is a light thing. What does that mean? It means this was easy for God to do. He didn’t have to use up all His strength in order to work this miracle. He didn’t lose any power over it. It didn’t take weeks to do. It happened overnight. And their victory came quickly.
This promise is recorded in God’s Word for a reason. This promise is not only a promise of the past but is a promise for today. This is a promise of provision. And the surrounding story is proof of God keeping His word and providing to those whom He promised.
If we follow God and look to Him in these hard times, He gives us the same promise. He will provide. He will give us water to drink and see us through the battle we face right now. He may not take away the battle, but we can know God is in our corner and will carry us through to victory. And the best part?
This is a light thing to our all-powerful God.
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