God will FIGHT our BATTLES if we TRUST Him by FAITH
April 14 Bible Reading: 2 Kings Chapters 1-3
Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. And he said, "Thus says the Lord: 'Make this valley full of ditches.' 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, your cattle, and your animals may drink.' And this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand." (2 Kings 3:15-18)
The second book of Kings starts with this simple statement: "Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab" (2 Kings 1:1). Ahab had now died and when his son Jehoram became the king of Israel, there was a rebellion from a vassal who provided Israel with 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams regularly (2 Kings 3:4-5). This was an enormous blow to Israel’s economy, and so Jehoram mustered the help of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah and the king of Edom to bring Moab back into subjection (v. 9a).
However, as these armies marched on the roundabout way of the Wilderness of Edom for seven days, they faced a crucial problem – there was no water for the army or for the animals that followed them (v. 9b). On the natural realm, it appeared that they would not be able to survive without water and fall into the hands of the enemy Moab (v. 10). The lack of water reminded all three kings that God was in control and their combined power meant nothing without Him!
It was then that Jehoshaphat suggested that they should go to a prophet of God for help (v. 11), and they located Elisha who was now endowed with the double portion of the spirit of Elijah (v. 12). Even though Jehoram had done evil in the sight of God (vv. 2-3), Elisha respected the presence of the godly Jehoshaphat. He called for a musician and as the musician played, the power of God came upon Elisha and he predicted that the valley would be full of pools not caused by rain, and that the Moabites would be defeated. God would indeed fight their battle on their behalf!
As with many Old Testament miracles, the prophet’s words carry instructions for human participation as well (4:3, 4, 41; 6:6) so that the faith of the people and the divine provision may each have their proper part. In this case, the armies were to dig trenches throughout the countryside, and God would fill them with water. They obeyed the word of the prophet and God provided water to the three armies in abundance (3:13–20). To God this miracle was so insignificant (a light thing) that He would use this miracle to deliver the Moabites over to them!
Let us remember today that God will fight our battles for us if we let Him and trust Him by faith. It is always better to trust in God than to put our confidence in people or authorities around us!