Make the Trenches
"And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of
ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet
that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink both ye, and your cattle, and
your beasts." (2 Kings 3:16-17)
Three armies were perishing of thirst, and the Lord interposed. Although He sent neither
cloud nor rain, yet He supplied an abundance of water. He is not dependent upon ordinary
methods but can surprise His people with novelties of wisdom and power. Thus are we made
to see more of God than ordinary processes could have revealed. Although the Lord may not
appear for us in the way we expect, or desire, or suppose, yet He will in some way or
other provide for us. It is a great blessing for us to be raised above looking to
secondary causes so that we may gaze into the face of the great First Cause.
Have we this day grace enough to make trenches into which the divine blessing may flow?
Alas! We too often fail in the exhibition of true and practical faith. Let us this day be
on the outlook for answers to prayer. As the child who went to a meeting to pray for rain
took an umbrella with her, so let us truly and practically expect the Lord to bless us.
Let us make the valley full of ditches and expect to see them all filled.