And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. 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 3:16–17 KJV
I want to share with you a matter of strong importance that concerns every man on the face of the earth, including you. By the Grace of God, I hope it will be a simple course on divine provisions.
Late last year, I was speaking with a little teenage friend of mine concerning her academics. She was supposed to be preparing for her Senior Certificate Examinations which were to come up the following year. When I asked her about the efforts she was making and how far she had gone in equipping herself, she essentially explained to me that she is not doing anything about it. She had stopped going to extra-mural lessons and may soon stop going to school. “Why?” I asked. “Because the way things are right now, my parents do not have money to purchase the examination forms for me, nor to pay my school fees. Maybe I will write next two years”, she concluded. That was when I taught her the lesson that I am about to teach you.
Life is lived by faith; I mean faith like a little child. Any man who approaches life with the mentality and ‘calculations’ of the adult will not be able to achieve much in life. He/she will be like the proverbial man spoken of by King Solomon who did not sow because he was ‘observing the wind’. (Ecclesiastes 11 vs. 4). It is one thing to dream about, wish for, or even pray to God for doors to open for you in a particular direction; and it is another thing to understand with precision the right steps you must take to make the prayer answered. Many people do the first, but they do not do the second; and so, they conclude that their prayers were not answered.
Jehoram (the king of Israel), Jehoshaphat (the king of Judah) and the king of Edom had mustered their armies against the king of Moab. They journeyed through the wilderness trying to approach Edom from a faster route or so. However, they got to a point and their water finished. The soldiers were thirsty and were becoming faint because of lack of water. The king of Israel was perplexed until Jehoshaphat suggested that the enquire from the prophet of the Lord. It was then Elisha was summoned. Out of respect for Jehoshaphat (the king of Judah), Elisha decided to help them. He asked for a minstrel to play the harp; and as she played, the spirit of God came upon Elisha, and he told the king of Israel: “Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. 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 3:16–17 KJV
The Lord essentially declared to the kings that he is willing to send water, but they have no vessels to hold the water. God does not waste resources; he can only send to a man what that man has the capacity to carry. If a man wants God to increase the volume of resources that is sent his way, then that man must show his seriousness by expanding his capacity to contain the resources. So, God told the kings in order words, “I am willing to send water, but show me where they will be contained. Show me that you have what it takes to handle and manage judiciously what I am bringing so that it will not be wasted.” Myles Munroe once said, “God does not send to you what you prayed for; he sends to you what you can manage”.
This is the challenge with many of us today. We are asking for water, but we are not making ditches in our valleys. We are not filling our spaces with holes. We are not making any adequate provisions to ‘stomach’ whatever God is bringing. So, in order not to waste his resources, he holds it back! If any man desires therefore, to access God’s provisions, then he must demonstrate his faith not only by praying, but also by expanding his capacity – taking necessary steps in the direction of his prayers and what he is trusting God for.
Coming back to that my secondary school friend; I told her that the forms for Senior Certificate Examinations are still on, and will not close till early next year. What if God is already moving someone’s heart to help you? What if God has arranged a means by which he will ensure that you purchased the examination forms? What if God provides at the dying minute the money for this examination, and then you are not ready, you are not prepared to right the exam? Then, you will fail and God’s money will be wasted!
So, I charged her to make this valley full of ditches. I told her to go and start reading, attending lessons and preparing herself to write the examinations. A few weeks later, she called me and she was full of joy! She went to the Church to pray and she was crying to God concerning her examination fees. The church catechist walked in and met a 15-year-old girl crying and praying, and he knew immediately that all was not well. He stopped her prayers and asked her what the problem was; at first, she hesitated and then told him of her challenges with the upcoming examination fees and all that. The next Sunday, the priest shared the need to the general church, and there are then, the whole church raised money for her WAEC/NECO fees, and even paid her 3 terms’ school fees!
I want to charge everyone of us expecting provisions from God to make this valley full of ditches. Prepare for water! Prepare for a miracle. Most miracles come in form of simple opportunities, and opportunities should not catch you unprepared and not ready for them. This is how several persons miss their God-ordained destiny.
Finally, note that God’s provisions are usually noiseless. They do not carry too much sound with them, yet they are weighty. Very weighty. The Lord told them, “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.” So, no wind, no rain, no noise, but I will fill whatever you provide for me with water. Hence, the amount of water that the kings will receive will not depend on how much God can provide, but on how many ditches they dug.
AND SO? I do not wish to give too much application to this, so that each one of you who reads it can take away from it whatever the spirit lays in your heart. However. that miracle you are expecting from God; that provision you are expecting from God, what are you doing about it? What steps have you taken to show that you are serious and expectant? The Spirit says to you today, “Prepare for water. Make this valley full of ditches. You do not have to go to another valley. I can still work with this valley. This very one. Just carry your shovels and start digging. Make holes from this valley so that I can fill them with water. You will not even know how the water will come; that is not your business. Your business it to make this valley full of ditches. Provide for me that I will fill. Increase your capacity, boost your potentials, expand your relationships. Make this valley full of ditches, then leave the rest for me.”