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Ditch Diggers

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

The armies of Israel were in a dry and desert place without water. A battle with the Moabites loomed ahead.  They would not survive without water.  God instructed them to dig ditches and He would fill them with water. The ditches would serve a two-fold purpose: (1) Provide water for refreshment and (2) give them victory in the battle ahead.

Digging the ditches required two things: They had (1) to have faith to obey, and (2) they had to work to dig—Faith and works! The ditches would not dig themselves.  No digging—No water!  No digging—No victory.

We live in a world that is spiritually dry and desolate.  The Word of God is liken to water (Eph. 5:26).  Without the water of God’s Word we will “dry up” spiritually.  God’s Word can provide “water” in our dry situations.  But as the Israelites had to dig ditches to receive the water, we must “dig ditches” to receive God’s Word in our dry circumstance.

Your personal devotions are times when you are “digging a ditch” for God to fill.  Like digging ditches, Bible study, prayer, and ministry can be hard work.  As you dig, the ditch looks empty.  By faith, keep digging trusting God to send the water.  Eventually God will fill your ditch with the water you need in the desert of your circumstance.

Are you in a crisis that has left you spiritually dry and thirsty? Are you facing a spiritual battle?  Then get DIGGING!  God will send the water of His Word if you will dig.  Don’t just scratch the surface. The water you need is there if you dig deep enough.

The Israelites were to fill the valley with ditches. The more ditches they dug (the more obedience), the greater the blessing!  As Matthew Henry says, “They that expect God’s blessings must prepare room for them.”

SIGNALS

Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. —Matthew 26:48

A signal is a gesture, action, or sound that is used to convey information or instructions. Judas used a kiss as a signal to the enemies of Christ to indicate who they should arrest.

Our actions send various signals all the time.  The way you live sends a signal to those around you without you saying a word.  Your actions tell others your beliefs even when your lips don’t say them.

James says your faith, or lack of faith sends a signal— “A man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Peter said the actions of a wife can win her husband without her saying a word (1 Pet. 3:1). As one preacher put it, “Your life is your message.” What message is your life sending?

For example: When you refuse to support missions you are sending a signal that the work of missions is not important. When you skip a church service you are sending a signal that whatever I’m doing at the time is more important than what is going on at church.

When you neglect reading your Bible everyday, what signal are you sending?

When you seldom spend time in private prayer, what signal are you sending?

I recently came across the following quote: “Any religion that does not consider itself valuable enough to share it with nonbelievers is fated to crumble from within.” Who said that? It was not a preacher. It was not even a Christian.  It was spoken by a Jew, Yosef Abramowitz, as a warning to fellow Jews that if Jews fail to proselytize it sends “a signal that Judaism isn’t worth spreading to others.” [Taking on the Southern Baptists, in Moment, Dec. 1999, pp. 34-35]

The same thing can be said of Christians. When we fail to spread the Gospel, we are sending a signal that the Gospel isn’t worth spreading.  When we don’t tell others what Jesus has done in our lives, we are sending a signal that Jesus is not worth sharing with others because He hasn’t made a significant difference in our lives. Think about it!

What kind of signals is your life sending?