Saturday, August 6, 2016

Abundance and Victory in The Valley

UV 2033/10000 Abundance in The Valley of Drought
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 v 17

The kings of Israel, of Samaria, Judah and the king of Edom had come to Elisha the prophet in their distress as there was no water for their armies as they marched against Moab. As Elisha called the musicians to worship the Lord, the word came to him to ask them to dig ditches to collect water in the valley. The Lord not only filled the ditches with water but He gave victory to their armies. Likewise in our lives and our areas of activity we may see no visible sign of wind or rain but the valley will be filled with sufficient water – a metaphor for the solution or the blessing we are seeking at the hand of the Lord. The valley is a time of depression, a time of challenge and difficulty that we encounter in our lives. It could be a financial crisis, a relational crisis, a challenge in the area of health or in our professions or business. Rain or water is a symbol of provision that is beyond our control or beyond our efforts. These are blessings that can only be granted by the Lord and not earned or summoned.

Leadership is the art of seeing the invisible. We need to see the invisible Lord. We need to see His invisible grace and mercy. Then, we will begin to experience it visibly. Seeing is not believing. Believing is a far greater kind of seeing. The Word, prayer and testimonies of other people open our spiritual eyes, our inner vision to behold the glory and grace of the Lord. His grace is abundant and sufficient for all of our need. His riches are everlasting and unlimited in supply. His power is unlimited. Impossible is a word not found in the dictionary of the Lord. His hand is able to accomplish whatever His mouth has promised. The Lord not only met the need for water for the armies of Israel but He also gave decisive victory to their forces over Moab.

When we are in a valley of drought, we should not look to the clouds or the sky or natural factors to favour us. Instead, we should spread our sheet like King Hezekiah did or place our need before the Lord with a believing, trusting and thankful heart. The Lord can and does fill our empty valleys with water or blessings sufficient to meet our need. The fact that the kings ordered ditches to be made in anticipation of the water filling them shows that we need to initiate action in the direction the Spirit of the Lord indicates to us. No great plan was ever executed with all the resources in place before the project began but as we carry on the work faithfully, we will see the valley filled and we will have decisive victory, overwhelming success.

Prateep V Philip

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