Our text is in II Kings 3:9-18.
Verse 16 And he said thus saith the Lord, make this valley full of ditches.
Verse 17 For thus saith the Lord, ye shall not see the wind, neither shall ye see the rain; yet
that valley shall be filled with water, and ye shall drink, both ye and your cattle and your beasts;
Verse 18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: He will deliver the Moabites also into your hand
.

As we read this chapter we find 3 Kings and 3 armies have joined together to fight against
Moab: The king of Israel, The king of Judah, and the king of Edom. They went 7 days journey and found themselves in a place with no water.
The first thing I noticed was that 3 kings and 3 mighty armies are brought to deadlock by one very basic circumstance. All their might, all their weapons, all their courage, and all their knowledge is brought to nought by the fact that they are lacking in a very basic area. All the kings horses and all the kings men can't produce one bit of water.

Some Christians and some churches are in trouble because they are lacking in the basics of
the Gospel.

Man hasn't changed much. He still wants to look on all his own strength, wisdom and power
and think he is independent from God.
Even some churches have become fooled into trusting in the mechanics other than the Holy
Spirit, trusting in education, psycology, and creeds and ceremony to accomplish what only
the Holy Ghost can do.

No matter how much Bible knowledge we have or how eloquent the speaker, or how dramatic
our programs, without the Holy Ghost, without the Spirit of God working through us, we are
just stuck in the wilderness without water and the enemy has the advantage.
It takes the Holy Ghost to heal the broken hearted and to set the captive free.
It takes the Holy Ghost to convict the heart of the lost.
It takes the Holy Ghost to bring revival.
Individually and corporately, without Him we can do nothing.

The Bible tells us to trust in the Lord and lean not to our own understanding.

We can't structure our praise and worship to a place that pleases God.
By structure, I mean to try to arrange things by man's wisdom.
We can't say, "Let's sing 2 fast songs then a slow one, and bring the music to a peak at this point."
God isn't looking for structure. He is looking for someone to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

Notice that we don't see any one of these kings asking for God's wisdom and leading until there
is no water. Maybe if they would have asked God before they took off, they would have gone another way.

Once again we need to take a look at ourselves. How many times do we go ahead trusting in our own wisdom or man's wisdom until we come to a place of impossibility; a place of no water?

You know, Samson lost the anointing of the Lord in his life, and he had been going his own way so long that he didn't even realize his loss until it was too late.

I believe there are some believers and even some churches today that are in that position.
They have trusted in their own understanding, trusted in what organized religion says, tried to be like the man on TV, and have become deaf to the leading of the Spirit, and are not even aware.

Now this part is interesting. Watch what the king of Israel says about their situation in verse 10.
He says: "Oh, it's just God's will. He brought the 3 of us here to hand us over to our enemy."

A prayerless king suddenly thinks he knows the will of God.

Come on now! God never brought them there. We don't see where God said, "Go through the wilderness of Edom." That was someone else's idea.
Sometimes we try to make God the pack horse to saddle all our mistakes and bad choices on.
But thank God for Jehoshophat. He says, "Let's find out what God says to do. Let's find the man of God."

Even if you are in a place of no water, and even if you are there because of your own mistakes
and bad decisions, even if the enemy is about to charge, it is not too late to cry out to Jesus.
Find out what God says about your circumstance and get divine help.

They went to Elisha, the prophet of God. In verse 13, the king of Israel, Ahab's son, is still quoting his bad confession, still blaming God, but here is what God said through his prophet.

II Kings chapter 3 Verses 16-18:
Verse 16 And he said thus saith the Lord, make this valley full of ditches.
Verse 17 For thus saith the Lord, ye shall not see the wind, neither shall ye see the rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, and ye shall drink, both ye and your cattle and your beasts;
Verse 18 And this but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: He will deliver the Moabites also into your hand
.

We are going to find out that God can bring water into your wilderness (valley).
Dig a ditch in your valley.

What does that mean?
It believe it means make ready to receive the blessing. Make provision for success, not
failure.

You know, we used to clean out the potato bin and get it ready before we dug the potatoes.
We got ready for a harvest.

We live in a generation that teaches us to make provision for failure.
I've had people tell me, "Prepare yourself for the worst."
Now, how nonfaith is that?

The Bible says the just shall live by faith, not by preparing for the worst.
Let me read you a verse straight from God's Word.

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion: which cannot be removed but abideth forever.

Dig a ditch in your valley. Get ready for God's provision.

God was telling these people, "You have my Word. Now, prepare to receive."
And I like the next part: "Because you are not going to see it coming." You are not going to see
the wind, or see the rain, but I am going to send the water you need when you dig the ditch.

Has God ever blessed you and you didn't see it coming?

And God says this is a light thing for Him.
Your problem may be impossible for man, but it is a light thing for God.

I want to speak a word to us today. If you have been stuck in the wilderness and you feel like you have come to the place of no water, DON'T GIVE UP. DIG A DITCH, in fact DIG DITCHES!

* Prepare your mind
* Prepare your emotions
* Prepare your heart
* Dig a ditch of repentance
* Dig a ditch of prayer
* Dig a ditch of renewal and committment

Do what you know is right and trust God to do His part and prepare for the blessing that God
says is coming.

God said in His Word inHaggai 2:9, The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of Hosts.

Get ready for the blessing. You're not going to see it coming in the usual way, but it's coming.

Isaiah 53:5 says, with His stripes we are healed.
The water is flowing.

Matthew 8:17 says Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.
Take a drink of that.

Philippians 4:19 says, But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Prepare your vessel then pour that in. Feel the strength.

Isaiah 41:13 says, For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand saying unto thee fear not, I
will help you
.

God has sent the water. We just need to receive it and take it in.
I want to say to you today, "Get ready for your blessing. You're not going to see how it's
coming, but it's coming."
   DIG
DITCHES
   GET 
 READY