If you don’t have the faith to dig the ditch, what makes you think God will move through you?
This post is inspired by a sermon I listened to by a pastor friend of mine in Prosper, TX – Brad Wilkerson of COC Metro.
To say I needed to hear this is an understatement.
As I drove to work this morning, listening to the COC Metro podcast (to subscribe or check out the podcast click the link to the left), this sermon really struck a nerve and God started working on my heart in a big way.
You probably don’t know COC Metro in Prosper, TX, or it’s pastor Brad Wilkerson. I’ve known him for almost 10 years now, and from the first day I met him when he was a worship pastor, he’s been a great influence in my life.
Today was no different as he preached a powerful message about Digging a Ditch and preparing for God to move in our lives.
2 Kings 3 – Elisha and the 3 kings
We learn about what kind of faith we need to have for God to work in our lives in 2 Kings 3 where the king of Israel, king of Judah, and the king of Edom set out to attack the king of Moab. During their journey they run out of water, but the king of Israel starts to blame God for their lack of planning of the journey.
The king of Judah says they should call for a prophet and Elisha is brought to them.
Now Elisha only mediates between God and the 3 kings because of his respect for Judah, but he agrees to help.
As a musician plays behind Elisha, God lays his hand upon him and Elisha tells them to dig a ditch! No rain is evident, no storm is brewing, and this prophet tells 3 kings to get into the dirt and dig a ditch. This is one of those times it takes incredible faith.
God WILL provide
When I was young I wasn’t much different than these 3 kings, and I bet you aren’t much different either. I would run to God when I needed something, but for the most part, I would live my life without “needing” His help. I see now we need to be ever moving and ever acting in faith that God WILL provide and not necessarily that He CAN provide.
The thing we have to remember is this theme is shown throughout the Bible. God provides for those who are faithful time and time again, why should now be any different?
The problem we run into, especially with our culture/society, is everyone wants something for free or for little to no work. God tells us those who don’t work, don’t eat, but it seems as though we’ve forgotten that in today’s age. We pray and ask God to give us something in particular but we don’t show Him our faith by working for it.
The farmer who prays for rain but doesn’t plow his field doesn’t have faith. Why should we ask God to provide if we aren’t going to EXPECT his blessing?
Brad, and pastors around the world, wouldn’t be able to plant churches who reach out to the community and thrive in spreading His Word if they didn’t pray for His blessings and then GO and do some work in preparation for those blessings.
Asking isn’t enough
In our story of the 3 kings, I don’t believe they ever expected Elisha to ask God for rain and God tell them to dig a ditch. They expected to ask God for rain and to get rain.
You can’t just ask God for something and expect God to give it to you. Much like with this blog, I realized I can’t pray for God to use it to bless others, but not do the work for Him to bless. Asking isn’t enough.
I know, now, I can’t expect God to bless something I don’t put any work into. I’d love to hear your thoughts and find out how God is working in your life and how you’re digging the ditch to be prepared for His rain to fill the holes and bless your work for His honor and Glory.
God Bless and Prepare for Rain.