Scripture: “while the harpest was playing, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha and he said, “this is what the Lord says: make this valley full of ditches.” (2 Kings 3:15-16) 

Observation: Elisha has just received the ministry from Elijah.  He has seen Elijah taken up to heaven, received a double measure (inherited) of Elijah’s Spirit, and now he is assisting the kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom, in their fight against the armies of Moab.  The Lord however, is on their side and so he gives this prophecy to the kings through Elisha.  They are to dig the valley full of ditches.  Note, this will occur without it being windy or rainy.  It clearly will come from the hand of God. 

Application: God has given his clear promise as well as a specific directive.  God will provide for his people, but they must trust him.  They must go and fill the valley full of ditches in anticipation for what He will send.  Just like Noah and the ark, there is the risk of ridicule and feeling foolish when following God’s directive.  For me this is a clear reminder that God’s ways are not always visible or understandable.  Sometimes I feel like God is telling me to dig ditches (or an ark) and wait for the water to appear.  What in your life may feel silly, but is it clear directive from God?  How can we better trust God in those uncomfortable circumstances, knowing that He will provide? 

Prayer: Dear Lord, please help me to trust you even when your ways seem foolish to me.  Amen.