Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 22, 2015

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings Chapter 3.  This chapter covers the subservience of Moab to Israel and their payment of tribute to Israel, the rebellion of Moab against Israel after the death of Ahab, and the military campaign to quash of the rebellion.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“9 So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom;  and they made a circuit of seven days’ journey, and there was no water for the army or for the cattle that followed them. 10 Then the king of Israel said, “Alas! For the Lord has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.” 11 But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not a prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of the Lord by him?” And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.” 12 Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

“13 Now Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What do I have to do with you?  Go to the prophets of your father and to the prophets of your mother.”  And the king of Israel said to him, “No, for the Lord has called these three kings together to give them into the hand of Moab.” 14 Elisha said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look at you nor see you.  15 But now bring me a minstrel.”  And it came about, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.  16 He said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Make this valley full of trenches.’  17 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 shall drink, both you and your cattle and your beasts.  18 This is but a slight thing in the sight of the Lord;  He will also give the Moabites into your hand.  19 Then you shall strike every fortified city and every choice city, and fell every good tree and stop all springs of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.’”  20 It happened in the morning about the time of offering the sacrifice, that behold, water came by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.”

21 Now all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them.  And all who were able to put on armor and older were summoned and stood on the border.  22 They rose early in the morning, and the sun shone on the water, and the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood.  23 Then they said, “This is blood;  the kings have surely fought together, and they have slain one another. Now therefore, Moab, to the spoil!”  24 But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites arose and struck the Moabites, so that they fled before them;  and they went forward into the land, slaughtering the Moabites.”  2 Kings 3:9-24.

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The most urgent need was for water.  If the military campaign had to end, and they had to turn back and not receive any tribute from Moab for at least a while, that was acceptable.  But, they needed water to survive.

They sought a prophet of the LORD to inquire of the LORD.

What they received was more than just water.  They received a total victory over Moab.

And, how they received the victory was equally amazing.  The water was not brought by wind or rain as it is commonly received.  And, the water was used by the LORD to gain the total victory.  The water appeared as blood to Moab in early morning when the sun shone on it, and the water enticed Moab to give up its superior defensive position to be exposed to Israel.

This is but a slight thing in the sight of the Lord”  Verse 18.

“‘Ah Lord God!  Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!  Nothing is too difficult for You,”  Jeremiah 32:17.

“Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Behold,  I am the Lord, the God of all flesh;  is anything too difficult for Me?”  Jeremiah 32:27.

Today, this week, or this year, you too may have an urgent need and make a prayer request to the LORD.

The LORD may dazzle you too.  The LORD may grant more than what you request, and He may show off too on how He grants your request.  “but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9.

“He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.”  Deuteronomy 10:21.

“Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.”  Psalm 33:8.

“6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.”  Psalm 145:6-7.

“5 Come and see the works of God,
Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.
6 He turned the sea into dry land;
They passed through the river on foot;
There let us rejoice in Him!
7 He rules by His might forever;
His eyes keep watch on the nations;
Let not the rebellious exalt themselves.  Selah.”  Psalm 66:5-7.

Nothing is too difficult for our Almighty God and Faithful Father!   

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