“The king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel… 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. Then the king of Israel said, ‘Alas! The Lord has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.’ ..Jehoshaphat said, ‘The word of the Lord is with [Elisha].’ So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him… 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.'” 2 Kings 3:5,9-10,12,16-18
When the heat was on, and fear set in, Israel’s King Jehoram rallied nearby allies to fight Moab, and they headed out in their own strength. When self leads, every roadblock seems a kismet of doom, setbacks portend failure. ‘Since this is so hard, it must mean it’s not going to succeed. The lack of water must be an omen that God is against us.’
But this is not true in God’s scheme of our lives. He often orchestrates difficulties and detours to turn our eyes from our agendas to His, from our muscle to His might, our strategies to His higher purposes. His man Elisha announced that the LORD would fill the streambed with water for them. If they would look for the divine, they would see the LORD act on their behalf. He would supply not only for their personal need, but also for their victory. They were tripped up by what was hard for them; this was not hard for Him. Thirst was necessary in the stratagem of their plotting and doing so they would recognize His sovereignty over even their royal position.
Life is about so much more than the temporal plans we make. Our grave and all-consuming concerns are minuscule compared to the larger, more significant intentions of Almighty God. Certainly we are required to deal with comparatively small issues, and God gives grace for those, and even sanctifies us through the mundane. But He also gives us thorns in the flesh to irritate our flesh so we reach higher, delve deeper, see more broadly, trust more vigorously. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
Where am I whining about the small when God is asking me to stand tall? Are there triggers of annoyance, or discomfort, or right-infringement, that cause me to complain, and limit my vision and expectation of what God is doing?
Lord, wing me high above the tyranny of earthly concerns that weigh me down. Give me eyes of faith to see Your higher workings, Your redemptive purposes wrought in the exhibition of Your power in individual lives as well as world history. Order my world in Your purposes that cannot be thwarted, and show Yourself glorious as You bring them to pass.