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Digging Ditches

Good Afternoon Harvest Church Family!

“So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them. “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?” But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.” 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. “Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.” “No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.” Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you. But now bring me a harpist. Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. And he said, "Thus says the Lord: 'Make this valley full of ditches.’ For this is what the Lord says: “You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands.” “The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.” - 2 Kings 3:9-20

Sunday we have been reminded that our greatest need becomes a blessing when it drives us to depend on God.  How many times do we go along in life without much consideration of where God has been keeping and helping us, until we come to difficult time in our life?  Then we are all about calling on God for help.  The three kings in our passage are in great need because they finally ran out of their own recourses and desperate for help.

Elisha, in wisdom from God, reminds them that God is willing to help them but wants to see if they are truly trusting Him by having them take part in the miracle that He is about to do for them. He gives them a crazy request to dig ditches, because the truth is that only God can send the water they need, but sometimes God wants us to dig a ditch.  Our faith without works is dead.  We must put it into action. Even if it is even small real faith believes big but is willing to do anything, even to start small.

How about you?  Are you willing to do, to trust, to put into action even if it seems small to you, what God is asking?  If we can not be obedient in the small things how will God trust us with something big? People are watching, listening and wanting to see and know if our faith and trust in God runs through all the areas of our life.  Not just on Sunday or when things go bad but even in the best of times.  I pray that you are willing to dig the ditches to do what God wants you to do, even though it may seem ridiculous to you.

Reminders.  

  • You can be here in PERSON or watch our Sunday Service via live stream on our Facebook page click HERE.  Our Youtube page click HERE or our Web page click HERE.

  • Teen and Adult Sunday School are continuing this week at 9:30 a.m  Nursery Care for birth to age 3 is back this Sunday as well.  

  • This is Family Worship Sunday. Please pick-up your all-in-one communion elements prior to coming into the sanctuary and prepare at home, with juice and crackers or bread, if you are watching via LIVE STREAM to partake together.

  • Remember that masks are not required but recommended for service and continue to wash or sanitize hands frequently to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you would like to visit longer with others we ask that you please carry your conversation outside of the church building.

  • Don't forget to sign-up for a Rooted Group (lifegroup) that works with your schedule.  We have different groups for you to take part building community, praying, fellowship and digging deeper into scripture.

  • All of our Wednesday Night Ministries are in full swing.

One final update from the text and email sent on Thursday. I am not showing any symptoms of the virus and all are doing well in my household. Let us continue to pray for God's guidance, wisdom and healing in all areas concerning world, the virus and those who are sick. Let God's peace run through our hearts and minds and do not allow fear to overcome.  God is greater in us than the enemy who is in the world!
 
Hope to see you in PERSON or join us via LIVESTREAM.
Blessings,

Pastor Tim
Lead Pastor
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene