The God of Many Purposes

“So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. And when they had made a circuitous march of seven days, there was no water for the army or for the animals that followed them…  And [Elisha] said, ‘Thus says the Lord, “I will make this dry streambed full of pools.” For thus says the Lord, “You shall not see wind or rain, but that streambed shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your livestock, and your animals.” This is a light thing in the sight of the Lord. He will also give the Moabites into your hand’… When all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to put on armor, from the youngest to the oldest, were called out and were drawn up at the border. And when they rose early in the morning and the sun shone on the water, the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood.  And they said, ‘This is blood; the kings have surely fought together and struck one another down. Now then, Moab, to the spoil!'” 2 Kings 3:9,16-18,21-23;

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.” Psalm 114:7-8

What the Israelites saw from God as an immediate provision for their thirst, God used for even more. Through His prophet Elisha, He promised this miracle to slake their thirst, ‘and oh, by the way, I have another purpose in mind–I’ll use that very water to help you militarily.’ The water that appeared without rain was ordained by God to trick the Moabites into thinking their enemy had slaughtered each other, and to bring them into an ambush, ensuring victory to His people in battle. A few quenching draughts became the means of quelling a rebellious king and his army.

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What we seek, God supplies in ways beyond our imagining; what we see dimly and with limited sight, the Almighty God ordains and providentially uses to achieve and teach so much more. His ways are higher and better than ours, His paths beyond tracing out. The magnification of His ways and purposes amplifies His glory. (Ephesians 3:20; Isaiah 55:9; Romans 11:33)

Father, You are the God of vast, eternal, and many purposes. Give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You; enlighten the eyes of my heart to seek deep things of You. And when I know not how to ask, or I seek shallow gifts, may You be greatly glorified in Your better and wider and deeper answers. (Ephesians 1:17-18)

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