Have you gotten yourself in some trouble? Did you make a bad decision? Did you get on the wrong path? Are you finding yourself in a relationship that has totally gone wrong? Did you start a sinful life pattern? Did you sin in a great way? Did you do something stupid? This is for you!!
God is so GRACIOUS and so FORGIVING, and I’m so thankful for that in my own life. Sometimes, we can make a turn and we do not count the costs and consequences; we don’t count what could happen if we make this decision. If we do this, what’s going to happen?
There are three kings in this passage of Scripture: the king of Israel, the king of Judah, and the king of Edom. They are going to fight Moab. They gather all their armies together to fight Moab. They march for seven days, and they RUN OUT OF WATER!!! You would think three kings would be wise enough to realize that you have to bring enough water on a trip for everyone for seven days. They ran out of water! You cannot live without water!!! What they did was stupid. They were in a big pickle.
2 Kings 3:14-20
14 Elisha said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look at you nor see you. 15 But now bring me a minstrel.” And it came about, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. 16 He said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Make this valley full of trenches.’ 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 shall drink, both you and your cattle and your beasts. 18 This is but a slight thing in the sight of the Lord; He will also give the Moabites into your hand. 19 Then you shall strike every fortified city and every choice city, and fell every good tree and stop all springs of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.’” 20 It happened in the morning about the time of offering the sacrifice, that behold, water came by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.
“This is but a SLIGHT THING in the sight of the Lord.” Did they get themselves in trouble? Yes, they did. But, Jehoshaphat was smart enough to say, “We’ve gotten ourselves into trouble; we’ve done something stupid. We’ve run out of water. We don’t know where to get water. We need to inquire of the Lord.” They go and find Elisha and dig trenches with EXPECTATION that God is going to MIRACULOUSLY fill these trenches with water, and they will have water to drink. He caps off his request to them, his challenge to them, and says, “This is but a slight thing in the sight of the Lord.” The Lord saved them!!!!
Have you gotten yourself into trouble? It is time to stop wallowing in guilt, depression, and frustration. You know you did it. You “left without water.” You feel like you can’t go on. You die without water; they felt like they couldn’t go on, because they went seven days without water. You feel like you are at the point of DESPERATION. It is time to STOP WALLOWING!!! Turn to the Lord! SEEK HIM. Admit, “Hey, I did something stupid.” REPENT; ask for forgiveness. Ask for the Lord to help you. Jehoshaphat helped them, gave them clear direction: they had to work; they had to dig a trench, then God was going to come in and do what He did. God is going to ask you to do some work on yourself to help you get out of that situation. When you do that work, He will couple it with STRENGTH and He will bring you out just like He did in this passage.
Remember this: “It is but a slight thing in the sight of the Lord.” It feels like it is a big thing to you today. It feels like your life is pressing in on you. It feels like you can’t move forward. It feels like you can’t go on another day. It feels like you can’t even see God, and it feels like He might not even want to talk to you. But what you are facing, and the mess you have gotten yourself in is but a SLIGHT THING IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD. Praise the Lord!!!! He knows how to get you out. Stop trying to do it on your own. Humble yourself. SEEK THE LORD like Jehoshaphat did. He will make a way out for you.
I messed my life up so badly, but He has ALWAYS been GRACIOUS. He has always been GOOD. He always sets my feet right back. I did something really bad about twenty years ago, but when I sought him, asked for forgiveness, and did the work, He led me straight out.
I love you so much. I hope this encourages you today.