“And he said, Thus says the Lord, make this dry brook bed full of trenches.” 2 Kings 3:16
As we go through the books of Kings and Chronicles we read about the many leaders the Jewish people had. In the third chapter of 2 Kings we read about Joram. He was the son of Ahab, a most wicked king, who had a most wicked wife, Jezebel. I always thought, when I heard of Ahab and Jezebel going after Elijah that they were enemy rulers, but no, they were the rulers of Israel.
Now Joram wasn’t as bad as his parents. I know a lot of people like that, I was one my self. Those people don’t kill or hurt anyone else, they don’t steal, or maybe they don’t even curse, but they are disobedient to the Lord. That’s still evil in the sight of the Lord.
Joram was in conflict with the king of Moab so he called out to the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, to help him. They also requested the king of Edom join them since they had to go through his land. Unfortunately there was no water in the land of Edom at that time so Joram did what most people do when they are in trouble, he sought the Lord’s help. He went to Elisha the prophet who told Joram he wouldn’t answer him, but he would answer for King Jehoshaphat’s sake. Elisha then told them to dig trenches in the dry brook bed, no rain would fall, but water would fill the brook bed. Elisha also told them they would defeat the Moabites. It’s important to remember that they couldn’t see what was going to happen, but they trusted what the prophet said and did as they were told. The water came and they had their victory. This to me is the lesson from today’s verse, standing on the promises of God and being obedient.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” That’s a great scripture to breakdown and meditate on before you get to the dry brook bed.